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Title Page
Captain William Wadsworth
William Wagner
Captain William R. Wakely
Joseph S. Walder
R. J. Walder
Lewis C. Waldo
Albert H. Walker
Abraham Walker
Captain Edwin C. Walker
Captain George A. Walker
James L. Walker
John D. Walker
Captain Kingsbury Walker
Robert E. Walker
Robert T. Walker
William T. Walker
Charles W. Wall
Captain Daniel Wall
Captain C. H. Wallace
David Wallace
John Wallace
Captain William H. Wallace
C. E. Walsh
John F. Walsh
Captain P. Walsh
Captain Joseph Waltman
Anthony Ward
Captain Julius A. Ward
William Ward
Liberty H. Ware
Norton J. Warner
Captain Henry Warwick
George Waterbury
Captain L. H. Waterbury
William Wallace Watterson
Captain James B. Watts
Robert Watts
William Watts
Joseph A. Weber
William L. Webster
Lawrence D. Weeks
Leeds H. Weeks
Captain Paul T. Weimar
Captain Frank Weinheimer
Alfred E. Welch
Charles S. Welch
David Welch
Hon. Martin Welker
James B. Wellman
Samuel A. Wells
Thomas H. Welsh
William P. Wenner
Captain David West
John Westaway
William Westbrook
Captain Peter Wex
Captain Frank W. Wheeler
Fred E. Wheeler
Captain John F. Whelan
P. W. Whelan
Captain Joseph White
Hon. William J. White
Captain Nelson J. Wigle
Andem J. Wilcox
Charles H. Wilcox
Daniel H. Wilcox
Captain Thomas Wilford
Captain Benjamin Wilkins
Captain Thomas Wilkins
Captain Thomas Wilkins
Captain W. W. Wilkins
Archie M. Williams
Captain B. F. Williams
Cassius M. Williams
Captain Edward Williams
Francis F. Williams
George F. Williams
Captain Thomas Williams
Captain William A. Williams
Captain William R. Williams
Lorenzo Willix
Captain W. J. Willoughby
Andrew J. Wilson
George B. Wilson
Captain George U. Wilson
Peter A. Wilson
Captain Thomas Wilson
William Wilson
William Wilson
Captain William H. Wilson
Richard Winkler
John G. Winter
D. W. Wise
George M. Wise
Captain Alfred M. Wolf
George S. Wolf
Herman Wolfe
Captain William Wood
Captain Z. L. Wood
Captain C. H. Woodford
Captain Charles Woodgrift
Captain Lyman B. Woodruff
Captain Henry J. Woods
Captain Edward J. Wylie
Captain John H. Wysoon
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R. J. Walder

R.J. Walder, of Cleveland, Ohio was born May 8, 1868 at Meaford, Ont., and lived at that place for three years. His father, Rudolph Walder, who is a native of Germany, came to America in his youth and settled in Meaford, where he now lives, engaged in farming. In 1871 the family removed to Port Huron, Mich., and there Mr. Walder received his education in the public schools, afterward removing to a farm near by, where he remained until his eighteenth year. At that time his strong inclination for marine life led him aboard the Ogemaw, on which he served one season as deckhand. The next year he spent on the Business and Oscoda as wheelsman, later shipping on the Samuel Angell as watchman, and after six months transferring to the Topeka as wheelsman, there steering with one of the first hydraulic gears in use on the Great Lakes. The following season he served on the Minneapolis as wheelsman, from that boat going on the Kitty M. Forbes and the Cayuga as second mate, and after a year's service in the same capacity upon the John Oades he went upon the Hiawatha and the J. W. Moore as mate. He then engaged as mate of the Andaste, and remained on her during the season of 1896. Mr. Walder is a single man. Fraternally he is a member of the Ship Masters Association, the Masonic Order and the Foresters.

Mr. Walder is a brother of Levi Walder, who is chief engineer of the J. W. Moore; J. S. Walder, second engineer, formerly on the lakes, but now in the employ of the Cleveland Electric Luminating Company, and W. Walder, who is on the lakes as oiler at the present time.


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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.