Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain H. L. Sanders
Captain C. M. Saph
Captain James M. Saunders
Captain H. L. Savage
Captain Henry Savage
John R. Schiebel
Captain Phillip Schied
Herman E. Schmidt
William Schoeman
James Scholes
L. Schreiber
William Schumaker
Captain Syd. Scott
C. L. Scoville
Frank Seiler
Captain Willett A. Session
Captain Joseph Shackett
Captain Harry L. Shaw
Samuel Shaw
Captain Charles P. Sherbno
Captain James Sheils
Captain A. M. Shephard
Thomas W. Sheriffs
Charles S. Shriver
Captain Seymour Shriver
Captain David Sidney
John L. Simmons
Thomas G. Simmons
Captain Cyrus Sinclair
John Skelly
Captain James A. Skiffington
Captain William G. Slackford
Edward Slater
William J. Slater
Captain Thomas Slattery
L. Sleno
Samuel M. Sloan
Captain E. Smades
Captain A. C. Smith
Abram Smith
Charles E. Smith
Edgar J. Smith
F. B. Smith
Frank A. Smith
Captain George W. Smith
John Smith
John H. Smith
Captain Joseph F. Smith
Captain P. Smith
Captain P. C. Smith
Samuel Smith
Captain William H. Smith
Captain James Snow
J.O. Snyder
Oliver J. Soleau
Captain William H. Solmes
John B. Souter
Louis Souter
James A. Southgate
George J. Spaulding
Captain E. P. Spear
James Spears
James Speir
C. E. Stacy
Alick J. Staley
Captain Daniel H. Stalker
Captain John W. Stalker
Captain Frederick C. Starke
Frank Steadley
Captain Francis M. Stenton
Captain Vere S. Stenton
E. A. Stephenson
Captain William Lyman Stevens
Alexander T. Stewart
David P. Stewart
Douglass H. Stewart
Captain James P. Stewart
Captain John Stewart
Captain John A. Stewart
Captain John N. Stewart
Captain Charles H. Stickney
John Stoalder
Captain Henry W. Stone
Captain John Stone
Captain Marshall Stone
Dennis Strulb
John A. Styninger
Lafayette S. Sullivan
Captain John Dean Sullivan
Captain Robert H. Sunderland
Captain Edward W. Sutton
Joseph F. Sutton
William Sutton
Captain David Sylvester
Captain Solomon Sylvester
Captain George A. Symes
Captain James B. Symes
William J. Swain
The Swain Wrecking Company
Captain Charles M. Swartwood
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Captain Willett A. Session

Captain Willett A. Session, a young lake master who passed his boyhood amid the fascinating pleasures of yachting, and who was unusually successful in handling some of the crack flyers, notably the Niobe and Irene, determined to adopt the career of a sailor and make it one of the practical issues of his life. He was born in Neenah, Wis., March 3, 1867, a son of L. D. and Margaret (Hodgins) Session. The father is a native of Jamestown, N. Y., born in 1825, while the mother's birth occurred in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1833. They removed to Wisconsin about 1849, first locating at Neenah, and were numbered among the earliest pioneers of that place. The father started a machine shop, and carried on a lucrative business for some years. Later he removed to Oshkosh, Wis., where he entered the employ of the Singer Sewing Machine Company as general manager in that city, and conducted the business for twenty- two years.

Captain Session acquired a liberal education in the public schools of Oshkosh, and as his early experience with yachts fitted him for an officer's berth on shipboard, he joined the steamer North Star, with Captain Booth. In 1884 he purchased the steamer Corona and sailed her. The next spring he went to Ashland, Wis., and sailed the tug Hope for the Superior Lumber Company. In 1886 he was appointed master of the steamer Theresa, operated by G. W. Gates, at Oshkosh, in the interest of the Diamond Match Company. The next spring he returned to Ashland and sailed the tug E. P. Fish until she was sold, when he went to Duluth and took command of the Walter S. Lloyd. In the spring of 1888 he was appointed master of the tug Minnie Karl, owned by the Prentice Brown Stone Company. He passed the season of 1891 as wheelsman and mate in the lake tug Howard, followed by a season in the pleasure yacht Mystic, used in the passenger and excursion business out of Oshkosh. In the spring of 1893 Captain Session was appointed master of the tug Ward, owned by the Ashland Brown Stone Company, trans- ferring the next spring to the tug Hope, which he sailed for the Keystone Lumber Company. In the spring of 1895 he took the tug Edmund P. Fish to Duluth for Capt. W. H. Singer, doing general towing out of that port. The next spring he brought out the new tug Chief, as master, but closed the season in the tug Joe Dudley. During the season of 1897 he sailed the ferry boat Estelle between Duluth and West Superior, and in the spring of 1898 entered the employ of the Duluth Dock & Dredge Col, as master of the tug Effie L., which office he now holds.

Socially, Captain Session is a member of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of Steam Vessels, Harbor No. 44, of Duluth. His home is in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


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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.