Table of Contents

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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John D. Walker

John D. Walker is a native of Scotland, having been born in Aberdeenshire, August 5, 1868. At the age of sixteen, in May, 1884, he came to the United States and located at Detroit, Mich. He then completed his education in the night schools of Detroit, the elementary principles of which had been acquired in his native country. After his school year he apprenticed himself to the Detroit Dry Dock Engine Works for the purpose of learning the machinist's trade. His time at the shop covered a period of seven years, he thereby becoming a thorough machinist. At the age of twenty-one he went to Merced, Southern California, and worked on a canal, and shortly after was given a hoisting engine to run, which was used for the purpose of hoisting water to irrigate the land in that region. In 1890 he returned to Detroit and went to work in his old shop. During the season of 1891 he shipped on the steamer F. H. Prince, finishing that season and the one following in the capacity of oiler. The two following seasons he shipped in the same berth on the E.C. Pope and Selwyn Eddy. In the spring of 1895 he shipped on the steamer George King, as second engineer, finishing the season on the steamer Gladstone. In 1896 he was appointed second engineer, and with John Kirby on the steel steamer Alva, which positions he has held during the seasons of 1896-97-98. During the winter of 1897-98 Mr. Walker again visited his home, having an uncle who is captain of the Campania.

During the winter of 1896-97 Mr. Walker paid a visit to his old home at Crombie- Marnoch, Banffshire, Scotland, and enjoyed a sociable time with his friends and relatives. He is a member of the I.O. O.F., of the Order of the Knights of St. Andrews, and of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, Lodge No. 1, at Buffalo, New York.


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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.