Charles T. Martin
Charles T. Martin, chief engineer of the steamer W.L. Wetmore, has had a varied and succesful career. He was born in 1849, son of Thomas Martin, a prosperous citizen of Brooklyn, N.Y., who sailed on the ocean for a number of years. Charles T. Martin attended the public schools of Brooklyn and commenced sailing on the lakes in 1868, previous to which he had been employed for seven summers driving teams on the Erie, the Delaware & Raritan, the Delaware & Chesapeake canals, and the Schuylkill river. His lake experience opened as fireman on the steam barge Dunkirk. Then he was employed upon the City of Port Huron, after which he spent six and a half years in the employ of the Blanchard line, of Detroit. He was subsequently chief engineer in charge of a tug line at Bay City, serving at various times as chief in engine rooms of the tugs L.Q. Rawson, Marion Teller, A.F. Bartlett and W.S. Parks; the last named boat was brought from Perth Amboy, N.J., by him. His next service was as chief engineer on the steambarge Don M. Dickinson, once called the Ellen S. Terry, and later he was chief of the Messenger, the Missouri and the tug Onaping. Returning to Cleveland he ran the tug Stone one seasone, and then became engineer of the steamer Joseph P. Farnum, which was burned on Lake Michigan, twenty-two miles from South Haven. He has since spent a year and a half in the Queen of the West, a like period in the Stephen C. Clark, three years in the Waverly, and two in the W.L. Wetmore, laying up that boat at the close of navigation in 1896.
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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.