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 William H. Solmes

Captain William H. Solmes, master of the steamer Corona, one of the fine vessels belonging to the Niagara Navigation Company, of Toronto, is a sturdy lake sailor of the best type. He was born January 16, 1850, in the township of N. Marysburgh, Prince Edward County, Ontario, and he still resides at the old homestead in that country, that valuable holding having become his own.

The Captain secured a solid education in the public schools of his native country, and early took to the water, his first venture on the lakes being as cook in a Canadian schooner trading principally on Lake Ontario; this was in 1863. For three years he had charge of the galley, and it is a good voucher for his ability as a chef that neither the captain nor any of the crew during those years suffered any indigestion or dyspepsia. Later he shipped before the mast and eventually became mate on several schooners, sailing until 1873, when he abandoned the lakes for a couple of years. In the year 1866 he was with Captain Taylor, of Kingston, the present inspector. Until 1875 the Captain was in California and Nevada, where he held a position with Mr. John McKie in the Hale & Norcross mine; coming back to Canada, he resumed sailing in that year and continued for a time in different schooners, finally transferring to steam vessels in the Montreal trade. In 1876 he was on the steamer Alexander, succeeding which he was mate of the propeller Oswego Belle, and for eight years following he was mate of the steamer Empress of India, leaving her for his first command, the steamer Rothsay. He was next on the steamer Merritt, and subsequently he took charge of the steamer Empress of India, sailing between Port Dalhousie and Toronto in the passenger and fruit, carrying trade. Leaving her he went into the employ of the Niagara Navigation Company, in command of the Chicora, plying between Niagara Falls and Toronto. When this company built the new steamer Cobila he was put in command and sailed her two years, until she burned in Lewiston in 1894. The following season the company had the steamer Corona constructed and Captain Solmes has been captain ever since she was launched in 1895.


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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.