- John C. Fredriksen
Ropes, Joseph (15 December 1770–29 September 1850), shipmaster and privateersman, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of David Ropes and Ruth Hawthorne. His father, a naval captain in the American Revolution, died of his wounds at Halifax, Massachusetts, in 1781. Joseph was raised by his mother, reputedly the only person he ever feared. As a youth Ropes made several voyages to the West Indies and in 1794 took command of his own ship, ...