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date: 06 December 2019

Ropes, Josephlocked

(15 December 1770–29 September 1850)
  • John C. Fredriksen

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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, ...

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