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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William P. Wenner

William P. Wenner is an engineer of good reputation on the lakes and one thoroughly acquainted with that branch of the marine industry. At the present time he resides at No. 664 Clinton avenue, Detroit, and during the season acts as engineer of the Gettysburg for Alger, Smith & Co., in whose employ he has been for many years.

Mr. Wenner was born June 13, 1854, at Marshall, Mich., but at that place lived only one year, his parents removing to Decatur, same State, where he received his education and resided for fifteen years. Having completed his schooling he came to Detroit and entered the Frontier Iron Works, where he served an apprenticeship of four years to the machinist's trade, and he has since been engaged in the engine rooms of various boats. He spent three seasons in the tug Torrent as second engineer and then went on the Manistique in the same position, remaining one and a half seasons and finishing his second season in the same position on the Kitty M. Forbes. After two years' service on the Merrimac, of the Inter Ocean line, and one season on the Volunteer, he came into the present employ, shipping on the Gettysburg at the very beginning. While on the Kitty M. Forbes he was shipwrecked on Outer island, Lake Superior, but otherwise he has been exceedingly fortunate as to accidents of a serious nature.

In 1875 Mr. Wenner was married to Miss Jessie Cronenweth, a daughter of John Cronenweth, a marine engineer of Detroit, and to their union have been born six children: John, William, Earl, Harold, Jessie and Isoria, all of whom reside at home. Mr. Wenner is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and the Stationary Engineers Association, of Detroit.


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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.