Johan Wilhelm Hempel

Captain Johan Wilhelm Hempel (July 20, 1860 January 16, 1920) was the captain of the Peace Ship.[1][2]


He was born on July 20, 1860 to Nielsine Agnete Christine Møller and Simon Christian Ludvig Hempel in Copenhagen, Denmark. He had a brother, Captain Christian Ludvig Hans Hempel (1862-1937).[3]

He married Ophelia Maren Abelone Christensen on May 28, 1902 in Copenhagen.

He joined the Scandinavian America Line in 1880.[4] In 1903 he was the captain of the Thingvalla Line ship SS Kekla. In 1904 he became the captain of the Peace Ship of Henry Ford.[4]

He died on January 16, 1920 in Copenhagen following an operation.[1][4]


  1. "Skipper of The Ford Peace Ship Dead. Captain William Hempel Commanded the Oscar II Since It Was Launched". New York Tribune. January 16, 1920. Retrieved 2013-11-28 via WikiMedia Commons.
  2. "Commander of Ford's Peace Cruiser". Detroit Free Press. December 1, 1915. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  3. "Capt. John W. Hempel Dead". Baltimore Sun. January 18, 1920. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
  4. "Captain I. V. Hempel" (PDF). New York Times. January 16, 1920. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
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