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Capt Josiah Perkins Creesy, Jr
Birth: Mar. 23, 1814
Marblehead
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun., 1871
Salem
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Clipper ship captain/master mariner. Captain Creesy (variously spelled Cressey, Cressy) Jr., was the master of the clipper ship Flying Cloud - built by Donald McKay in Boston - on two record-setting voyages from New York to San Francisco around South America's Cape Horn. In 1851, aided by his wife Eleanor (Prentiss), a master navigator who plotted the clipper's course using dead reckoning around the Horn, due to a constant overcast that prevented her from fixing their position via the sun, the couple guided the clipper safely to San Francisco in 89 days and 21 hours. In 1854 they bested that record, completing the voyage in 89 days and 8 hours. The Cressys' and the Flying Cloud's record stood until 1989 when it was surpassed by the high-performance racing sloop Thursday's Child. Captain Creesy served in the Union navy during the Civil War as captain of the Ino. He also later served in the Massachusetts legislature and as an alderman of Salem. Both Captain and Eleanor Creesy were renowned among mariners the world over. They are buried together. (bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill) 
 
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  Eleanor Horton Prentiss Creesy (1814 - 1900)*
 
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Burial:
Harmony Grove Cemetery
Salem
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Sea-view Avenue
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
Record added: Dec 09, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 10061845
Capt Josiah Perkins Creesy, Jr
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
Capt Josiah Perkins Creesy, Jr
Added by: Bob on Gallows Hill
 
Capt Josiah Perkins Creesy, Jr
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