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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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Alick J. Staley

Alick J. Staley, who is one of the most prominent marine engineers shipping out of Milwaukee, was born on South Manitou island, Michigan, in 1857. He is a son of John and Margaret Staley, and a brother John J., who is chief engineer of the steamer City of London. His parents located in Milwaukee in the pioneer days of 1842, where they acquired some real estate.

Alick Staley, the subject of this sketch, attended school in Milwaukee until he reached the age of sixteen years. He then went as an apprentice to learn the machinist's trade, and after having thoroughly mastered the business in all its mechanical branches, he resolved to enter on a marine life. Therefore, in the spring of 1873, he shipped on the wrecking tug Leviathan, hailing from Milwaukee, remaining on her four years, when, in the spring of 1877, he joined the tug Welcome. In the spring of 1878 he entered the employ of the D. & M. line, going on the passenger steamer Amazon, which plied between Milwaukee and Grand Haven, retaining that berth two years, and in the spring of 1880 took out engineer's license, and was appointed first assistant of the steamer Amazon.

The next two years Mr. Staley sailed as first assistant engineer on the steamer Ballentine, and during the season of 1883 was serving in the same capacity on the steamer City of Ludington. In the spring of 1884 he was appointed chief engineer of the steamer G. C. Markham, holding that berth three seasons, and in 1887 accepted the same position on the steamer Josephine. His next berth was on the steamer Omaha as chief engineer, which he held nine years, when in the spring of 1896 he was selected to perform the same duties on the fine steamer Pueblo, which position he held for some time. He has seventeen issues of marine engineer's licenses, and socially affiliates with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association at Milwaukee.

In 1888 Mr. Staley was united in marriage to Miss Lena Siphers, of Sheboygan, Wis. The family residence is located at South Milwaukee, 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.