Wilkins Osgood, an engineer of good report and a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, is a son of Joseph and Mary Osgood. He was born at Garland, Penobscot, Co., Maine, in 1856, received a public-school education at that place, and afterward removing to Bay City, Mich., there commenced his seafaring life as assistant engineer on the steamer Mackinaw. He next shipped in the same capacity on the steamer Ontonagon, remaining one season, and the following year was appointed to the steamer Sitka, on which he remained six months, finishing the season on the Egyptian. He then shipped on the Aurora for one season; the John Harper for six months, finishing the season on the P. Minch; the Hadley six months, finishing in the Byron Whittaker; and the Matoa for one year. In 1885 he received chief's papers and engineered the D. P. Dobbins; in 1891 was appointed engineer of the Waverly, whereon he remained one year; was engineer of the W. P. Thew one season; the Fred Kelly one season, and the Hattie B. Perew, continuing on her two seasons and laying her up in the winter of 1896. Mr. Osgood has proved himself capable and skillful in the handling of an engine, and his bill of repairs is always small, the machinery under his care being kept in good working order.
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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.