William E. Elliott
William E. Elliott is a skilled mechanic, and a man who has advanced by merit to the position of chief engineer of the Goodrich Transportation Company, a line of passenger steamers operating out of Chicago, comprising a fleet of nine vessels. He won the confidence of Capt. A.E. Goodrich, the founder of the line, many years ago, and retained the same up to the time of the demise of that gentleman. When the management passed into the hands of his son, A.W. Goodrich, Mr. Elliott was continued in his repsonsible position. He was born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1840, and came to the United States in 1854, with his parents, locating in London, Canada, where he attended the public schools. In 1855 he entered the employ of the Great Western Rairoad Company as an apprentice to the coppersmith's and machinist's trade, remaining with that company six years, and becoming a skilled workman in every respect. When he reached his majority he went to Detroit, Mich., and was employed by the Detroit Locomotive Works for two years.
It was in July, 1863, that Mr. Elliott determined to follow the lakes, his first berth being assistant engineer in the new steamer Reindeer, plying on the Saginaw river, and he worked on her machinery when building in the shop the early part of the season. The next spring he was appointed assistant engineer of the steamship Milwaukee, plying between Grand Haven and Milwaukee. In the spring of 1865 he entered the employ of the Ward line as chief engineer of the steamer Reindeer, retaining that office until the new steamer Marine City was completed, when he took charge of her machinery. When the Goodrich Trans- portation Company purchased the steamer Alpena, Mr. Elliott was appointed chief, and ran her that season, and in the spring of 1868 removed to Milwaukee, and in 1894 to Chicago, where he has made his home ever since, remaining in the employ of the Goodrich Transportation Company thirty-one consecutive years. After passing four seasons in the steamer Sheboygan, as chief engineer, he was appointed chief engineer of the line, and if occasion requires he engineers other steamers. His duties consist in superintending the construction of the engines and machinery and bringing out the new steamers for the company, and he also has general supervision of the machinery of all the boats of the fleet.
Mr. Elliott is a close student of the modern theory and practice of marine engineering, and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Naval Engineers, and of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association. He has held the office of national vice-president and president of No. 9, of Milwaukee, several terms, and has also represented that body as delegate to many of its annual conventions. His home is at No. 886 Warren avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
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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.