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Sea Captains Not To Sail With

Captain William Bligh, HMS Bounty.

Captain Edward J. Smith, RMS Titanic.

Captain Ahab, whaler Pequod in Moby Dick.

Captain Benjamin S. Briggs, half brig Mary Celeste, found drifting and abandoned, 5 December 1872.

Captain Queeg, USN, USS Caine in Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Caine Mutiny, 1951.

Captain Stanley Lord, SS Californian which, though in the vicinity, failed to go to the rescue of the stricken RMS Titanic.

Kapitanleutnant Walther Schweiger, U-20, whose U-boat torpedoed the Cunard liner RMS Lusitania off the south coast of Ireland, 7 May 1915, with the loss of more than 1,000 lives, 124 of them citizens of the then neutral United States.

Captain George Pollard, Jr, Nantucket whaler Essex, rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the Pacific, 20 November 1820. The tale inspired Melville’s Moby Dick (see above).

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