Anthony Ward, one of the prominent marine engineers living in West Bay City, Mich., has been exceedingly happy in the choice of his profession, to which he is particularly adapted, and he has advanced rapidly and retained his positions as long as he found them desirable. Mr. Ward was born in Marine City, Mich., September 12, 1860, a son of Hiram and Bridget (Mannion) Ward, the former a native of Dresden, Ontario, the latter of County Mayo, Ireland. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, came to the United States with his family about 1840, locating near Marine City, where he is still living. The mother passed away in 1876.
Anthony Ward received a liberal education in the Star school at Starville, which he attended until he reached the age of nineteen years, engaging in useful occupations during the vacation period. With the purpose of becoming a marine engineer he shipped in the steamer D. F. Rose as fireman, remaining with her until the spring of 1884, when he applied for and was granted an engineer's license at Detroit. He was then appointed second engineer in the same steamer, holding that office three seasons, and in the spring of 1887 he joined the steamer Music as second engineer, following with a season in the Sanilac in the same capacity. In 1889 Mr. Ward was appointed chief engineer of the Sanilac, which he ran for four consecutive seasons, always giving good account of his machinery. In the spring of 1893 he transferred to the steamer D. F. Rose as chief, and after three seasons of satisfactory work he was, in 1896, appointed to the berth he now holds - chief engineer of the steamer Arizona. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association of Bay City.
On January 12, 1887, Mr. Ward was married in Reese, Mich., to Miss Margaret Ryan, daughter of John Ryan, of Saginaw, Mich., and the children born to this union are Mary Amelia, Margaret Ellen and Agnes Rose. The family residence is at No. 209 Hart street, West Bay City, Michigan.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.