W. G. Hill
W.G. Hill, son of Robert and Grace (Sanford) Hill, was born at Buffalo April 1, 1864, and after attending Public School No. 4 for some time commenced work at blacksmithing, at which he was employed for about six months. He then engaged in the machine shop of Alex. H. Brown, where he remained nine years, and in 1887 he shipped on the Susquehanna as oiler, remaining on her for part of that season. For the remainder of that year and the four succeeding years he was employed as railroad fireman, and for the three subsequent years as engineer; but the fascination of the lakes became so strong that he again chose a marine life, going in the Conestoga, of the Anchor line, for the season of 1896 as her second engineer. In 1897 he started in the same capacity on the Wissahickon, of the same line.
Mr. Hill was married in 1888 to Miss Anna Squire, of Buffalo, and by her has had three children: Robert A., Walter G., Jr., and Grace E. They reside at No. 120 Orlando street, Buffalo. Mr. Hill has two brothers and one sister; his younger brother is a fire underwriter.
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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.