Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain William Wadsworth
William Wagner
Captain William R. Wakely
Joseph S. Walder
R. J. Walder
Lewis C. Waldo
Albert H. Walker
Abraham Walker
Captain Edwin C. Walker
Captain George A. Walker
James L. Walker
John D. Walker
Captain Kingsbury Walker
Robert E. Walker
Robert T. Walker
William T. Walker
Charles W. Wall
Captain Daniel Wall
Captain C. H. Wallace
David Wallace
John Wallace
Captain William H. Wallace
C. E. Walsh
John F. Walsh
Captain P. Walsh
Captain Joseph Waltman
Anthony Ward
Captain Julius A. Ward
William Ward
Liberty H. Ware
Norton J. Warner
Captain Henry Warwick
George Waterbury
Captain L. H. Waterbury
William Wallace Watterson
Captain James B. Watts
Robert Watts
William Watts
Joseph A. Weber
William L. Webster
Lawrence D. Weeks
Leeds H. Weeks
Captain Paul T. Weimar
Captain Frank Weinheimer
Alfred E. Welch
Charles S. Welch
David Welch
Hon. Martin Welker
James B. Wellman
Samuel A. Wells
Thomas H. Welsh
William P. Wenner
Captain David West
John Westaway
William Westbrook
Captain Peter Wex
Captain Frank W. Wheeler
Fred E. Wheeler
Captain John F. Whelan
P. W. Whelan
Captain Joseph White
Hon. William J. White
Captain Nelson J. Wigle
Andem J. Wilcox
Charles H. Wilcox
Daniel H. Wilcox
Captain Thomas Wilford
Captain Benjamin Wilkins
Captain Thomas Wilkins
Captain Thomas Wilkins
Captain W. W. Wilkins
Archie M. Williams
Captain B. F. Williams
Cassius M. Williams
Captain Edward Williams
Francis F. Williams
George F. Williams
Captain Thomas Williams
Captain William A. Williams
Captain William R. Williams
Lorenzo Willix
Captain W. J. Willoughby
Andrew J. Wilson
George B. Wilson
Captain George U. Wilson
Peter A. Wilson
Captain Thomas Wilson
William Wilson
William Wilson
Captain William H. Wilson
Richard Winkler
John G. Winter
D. W. Wise
George M. Wise
Captain Alfred M. Wolf
George S. Wolf
Herman Wolfe
Captain William Wood
Captain Z. L. Wood
Captain C. H. Woodford
Captain Charles Woodgrift
Captain Lyman B. Woodruff
Captain Henry J. Woods
Captain Edward J. Wylie
Captain John H. Wysoon
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Andrew J. Wilson

Andrew J. Wilson, chief engineer of the steamship Chili, was born in Port Huron, Mich., November 15, 1864. His father, Lewis Wilson, was a butcher, and is now president of the Port Huron Live Stock Association, being in charge of a ranch at Chinook, Mont., with 5,000 head of sheep.

Andrew J. Wilson was educated in Port Huron, and at the age of seventeen entered the machine shop of the Phoenix Iron Works, where he remained three years. Shipping on the lakes he served as fireman successively in the Ira Chaffee, Evening Star and the City of Concord. On February 16, 1888, he received his first papers as engineer, and during that year went as second engineer on the City of Concord and the Rhoda Stewart, at different times. The next year he was second of the steam Idlewild and chief of the tug Mystic, and during the entire season of 1890 he was second of the Wocoken. The entire season of 1891 he was second of the Brazil, and in 1892 he became chief on the tug A.J. Wright. On June 16, 1892, he transferred to the Wocoken as chief, and the following season was given the same berth on the Norwalk, of whose engine room he was in charge four years, or until the spring of 1897. In 1894 the Norwalk laid up on July 4, and during the remainder of the season he was chief of the Monohansett. In 1897 and 1898 he was chief of the steamship Chili.

Mr. Wilson has been blessed with a scarcity of hair-breadth escapes and dangerous experiences during his sailing career. The only accident of any consequence in which he was concerned was when the Brazil ran into and sunk the Samuel Mather, near Point Iroquois, Lake Superior, November 22, 1891. The Brazil on this occasion rescued the crew of the wrecked vessel. Mr. Wilson has commenced taking a complete mechanical course in marine engineering of the International Correspondence School of Scranton, Penn., with the intention of mastering every detail of his profession.

On Christmas Eve, 1885, Mr. Wilson was married to Miss Lizzie Beatham, of Port Huron, and their children are: Harry Beatham and Oscar James. Our subject is quite active in fraternal circles, being a member of the Knights of the Maccabees of the World, Tunnel City Tent No. 761, and also the Supreme Tent of Michigan; of the Independent Order of Forresters, Court Tunnel No. 159; of the F. & A.M., Pine Grove Lodge No. 11; of the M.E.B.A. No. 43; and of the United Home Protectors Fraternity of Port Huron, 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.