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 Charles M. Swartwood

Captain Charles M. Swartwood (deceased), formerly captain of the J.H. Wade, was the son of Earl and Sarah Cornell Swartwood, and was born April 29, 1850, at Lorain, Ohio. The father was also a native of Lorain, and was a vessel builder for about fifteen years of his life. He died in 1883, having survived his wife, who passed away in 1871.

Capt. Charles Swartwood spent his youth in Lorain attending the public schools. At this time, a desire for marine life being stronger than for any other calling, he decided to be a sailor, and to put this desire into practice he went on the scow Fairy, of Lorain, at the age of fourteen years, then put in a season on the J.U. Porter. From this he came on the Lilly Fox as mate, and the following season on the Enright as master. He spent the following two seasons on the Oak Leaf as second mate, and then joined the D.P. Rhodes, as mate, on which he remained four seasons. From this boat he came to the Helvetia, as mate for one season, and afterward commanded the L.C. Butts for four seasons. The following seasons were spent on the W.D. Rust, H.B. Tuttle, Champion, Gladiator, Crusader, T.S. Christy and William Chisholm; coming to the J.H. Wade in 1891, upon which he remained until his death.

On November 8, 1871, he was married to Miss Agnes Dennison, of Lorain, a daughter of John Dennison, a native of Canada, and an old vessel master, and sister of John and Bert Dennison, who spent several years of their lives on the Great Lakes in different positions.

Captain Swartwood was a member of the Knights of Honor, Knights of the Maccabees, Knights of Pythias, and Protected Home Circle. On February 17, 1898, he passed away at his home in Cleveland. The funeral was largely attended, a large delegation from the Ship Masters Association, as well as representatives from the various orders, came to pay their last tribute of respect to their comrade. Honored and respected by all, his last voyage closed "a life well spent."


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Volume I

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.