Captain Alfred M. Wolf
Captain Alfred M. Wolf, whose life came to a tragic end in January, 1896, was one of the well-known lake navigators of the earlier days. He was born in Dover, Ohio, a small place near Cleveland, in 1828, a son of John Wolf, a cooper, whose birthplace is Norfolk, Va. He commenced sailing in the early 'forties, rising rapidly to the position of master, and later owning shares in various vessels, one of them being the C. Y. Richmond. He served in the 151st O. V. I., during the greater part of the Civil war, in company with his brother, Michael Wolf, of the regular army, who died three months after he left the army, from a wound he received in battle.
Captain Wolf married Miss Caroline Rentchler, of Cleveland. Their children were: Alfred, now deceased; George S., a marine engineer and inventor; Albert H., who is the inventor of a method of raising sunken vessels; and Arthur H. J., who is a farmer. Captain Wolf met a tragic death on Rocky river, January 4, 1896, being assaulted and robbed of a large sum of money he was carrying, and was killed. His body was found under a trestle of the New York, Chicago & St. Louis railroad.
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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.