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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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William Sutton

William Sutton, who is well qualified for the position which he now holds as superin- tendent of the Globe shipyard, in Cleveland, was born in Milford, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, June 10, 1849, a son of James and Margaret (Simmons) Sutton. His parents removed to the United States in 1872, locating at Lockport, N. Y., to which city William had preceded them about one year. The father died in 1880, the mother following two years later.

William Sutton, the subject of this sketch, attended the public schools of Pembrokeshire until he was thirteen years of age, and then entered the shipyard of Allen & Warlaw as an apprentice, remaining with that firm six years. In 1868 he went to Chatham navy yard, in Kent, near London, and was employed on the general iron and steel ship work, notably for his work on the British warships Gladden, Sultan and Serapis, one year, after which he left the yard on account of a reduction in the force.

In the spring of 1869 he went to Cardiff, and joined the full-rigged ship Annie Combrey as carpenter, which was bound for Ancona, Italy, with coal, thence to Taganrog, Russia, a port on the Black Sea, where she took on a cargo of grain. On the return voyage, she was quarantined on the Bosporous for ten days, then passed on down to Constantinople, thence to Havre, France, arriving there soon after hostilities commenced between France and Prussia. The crew left the ship, and Mr. Sutton took passage on a channel steamer, and reached Milford, after an absence of nine months.

After recovering from the effects of rheumatism, which he had contracted during the voyage, he again went to work in the Chatham navy yards, remaining there until the spring of 1871, when he took passage on the steamer City of New York, bound for the United States. On arrival he went to Lockport, N. Y, and engaged in the construction of canal boats for use on the Erie Canal, afterward taking charge of a gang of men to plank the bottom and build locks on the new Welland Canal.

In 1882, after the completion of that work, Mr. Sutton went to Cleveland, and entered the employ of the Globe Iron Works Company, and worked on the great iron steamer Onoko, at that time the largest vessel afloat on the lakes, and the first iron steamer built in Cleveland. While on a visit to Lockport his mother died, and after the obsequies Mr. Sutton went to Jefferson, Ind., to work on government barges, which were being constructed for use on the Mississippi River. He was there during the flood of 1883, when the inhabitants passed from house to house in small boats, or vacated their premises entirely. The next spring he returned to Lockport, and engaged with the Pound Manufacturing Company, to go to the Isthmus of Panama to fit up the woodwork for dredges to be used on the proposed De Lesseps Canal. After six months he was disabled by an accident, and took passage for New York, going thence to Cleveland, where he again found employment in the Globe shipyard, assisting in the construction of the iron steamers William Chisholm, J. H. Devereux, Darius Cole, and the steel steamers of the Northern Mutual, Lehigh, Menominee, and the Minnesota lines, as general foreman. The steamers of these several lines are numbered among the best on the lakes, and Mr. Sutton's practical qualifications are recognized as being of a high order of merit.

In 1884 Mr. Sutton was wedded to Miss Ellen Nora Collins, the daughter of John and Nora Collins, of Lockport, N. Y. The children born to this union are as follows: Mary Margaret, John Francis (who died young), and Joseph Leo. The family homestead is located at No. 12 Woodbine Street, Cleveland, Ohio.


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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.