William Arthur Hayes
William Arthur Hayes, who is one of the younger engineers sailing out of Buffalo harbor, was born in the city of Buffalo in 1870. He attended the public schools of his native city until reaching the age of sixteen years, after which he entered the employ of Messrs. Farrar and Treft, to learn the machinist's trade. After remaining with that firm four years, he went to work for W. Case & Co.
In the spring of 1892 Mr. Hayes shipped as oiler on the steamer Northern Wave, of the Northern Steamship Company, and continued as such one season, spending the following winter doing repair work for the same line, and going on board the Northern King in the spring, remaining on that boat two seasons. In the spring of 1895 he went as oiler on the North Queen, and in the spring of 1896 was advanced to the position of first assistant engineer of the same boat, laying up with his steamboat at the close of navigation. In 1897, he entered the employ of the Erie line, sailing on the steamer Owego as second assistant engineer, until November, when the crew was cut down, as well as a number of others, was laid off.
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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.