1Captain Josiah Nickerson Knowles and Wild Wave

The 21st century holds no exclusivity on leadership through adversity or surviving disruption to emerge victorious. A highly successful young sea captain put those principles to work in the mid-19th century. Meet Captain Josiah Nickerson Knowles from Cape Cod.

In 1858, Captain Knowles’ clipper ship Wild Wave was on a commercial voyage in the Pacific some 3,800 miles from its port of departure, San Francisco, when, crushed by 30-foot breakers and stormy seas, it ran aground at night into a coral barrier reef. That’s when the term “kedging off” took on a whole new scale. The stories of Captain Knowles and Wild Wave’s crew have become shipwreck survival folklore. Centuries later, psychologists and ...

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