Francis F. Williams
Our subject was born May 25, 1868, at Buffalo, N. Y., and there attended Public School No. 1. He began the practical work of his life as watchman on the Fountain City for the season of 1880, and the following season was on the Empire State in a similar capacity. In 1882 he was lookout on the Vanderbilt, and the three succeeding seasons was wheelsman of the Idaho, Fountain City and Empire State, respectively. In 1886 he entered the service of the Anchor line, as wheelsman of the Alaska, retaining that berth four consecutive seasons, and in 1890 was promoted to the position of second mate on the same boat. In 1892 he became her first mate, holding the latter position three seasons, when, in 1895, he was assigned to the India, one of the three passenger boats of that line. He has been first mate of this boat to Captain O'Neil ever since, including the season of 1897, having thus rounded out twelve consecutive seasons of service with the Anchor line. Mr. Williams is an unmarried man, and resides with his parents at No. 542 Seventh street, Buffalo, New York.
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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.