Captain David West
Captain David West spent the first seven years of his life in Belgium, where he was born August 15, 1843, and upon coming to America he settled with his parents in Detroit, where he has ever since resided. In 1861 he commenced sailing and since that time has devoted the greater part of his life to marine pursuits. He spent his first season as boy on the Starlight, and the following year built a scow which he called by the same name, sailing her five years. He sailed the scow Hummingbird for five seasons and then went on the steam barge Florence, where he remained two seasons. After serving two years in Ruelle's tug he shipped on the tug Folger, on which he continued for two seasons, thence changing to the Marion Teller, and remaining in her until 1891. He has since had command of the tug Reynolds.
Captain West was married to Miss Mary Rivarde, of Detroit, in 1865, and they had children as follows: Margaret, who is deceased; Kate, married to August King, of St. Clair; Maggie, deceased; Bert, who is master of the Detroiter; Dolly who still resides at home; Carrie, deceased; and Theodore and Charles, who are attending school at the present time. Mrs. West died in 1890, and on March 15, 1895, the Captain wedded Miss Adeline Prentice, of Detroit. Captain West is a member of the A. O. U. W., and being of a social nature has a large circle of friends in that fraternity as well as in marine society.
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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.