Captain William Wood
Captain William Wood, of Cleveland, Ohio, is a young man who has followed the water for a very large portion of his life. He was born in the Orkney Isles, Scotland, in 1871, the son of Capt. John Wood, who was a lifelong sailor and fisherman on salt water. At the age of eight years William commenced sailing on his father's fishing smack, a vessel about 140 feet long, where he learned to steer in good weather and to catch codfish with a hand line. He remained on this vessel, and on others sailed by his father, for seven years, in 1890 coming to the United States with a brother, David Wood, who is now a resident of Cleveland and is a mariner on the lakes. Since that time his experience has included service on board the schooner Jennie White, on the tugs Mascot, R. T. Roy, Barnhurst, Sea Wing, Enterprise and Harrow, and on the tugs Inglesbee and North Star as commander. He has also been watchman and wheelsman on the steamer La Salle, and lookout on the passenger steamer State of Ohio.
Captain Wood's forefathers have been ocean sailors as far back as the line can be traced. His grandfather and great-grandfather were sailors, and all of his brothers followed that calling. His father at one time sailed the schooner Sea Foam from England to Australia and return, and he made many other long voyages.
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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.