William T. Walker
Our subject was born April 2, 1858, in Glasgow, and at that place lived until 1872, when he came to America and settled in Detroit, Mich. He served a four-years' apprenticeship to the machinist's trade in a shop in that city, and after being employed six years in the same line of work began sailing, to which he has since devoted his time. He first went on the tug William A. Moore at Detroit as second engineer, later acting in the same capacity on the Pearl for three years. The following season he spent on the Australasia as second, served as such one season on the Jesse Farwell and Smith Moore, and for four months of the next season on the Gladstone, after which he was given the position of chief on the Porter Chamberlin, on which he remained two years. From this boat he came on the F. H. Hodge for one season as chief, subsequently serving for some time in the C. B. Lockwood, one season on the Nipigon and Rhoda Stewart, and four months upon the City of Genoa; transferring to the Joliet, he remained throughout the season, and in 1896 went on the Griffin to fill the berth of chief.
Mr. Walker was married August 20, 1887, to Miss Julia Knox, of Detroit, a sister of William and Robert Knox, who have both been on the lakes for some time as stewards. Mr. Walker is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Zion Lodge. No. 1; I. O. O. F., Riverside Lodge No. 303; A. O. U. W., Wolverine Lodge No. 10; and the M. E. B. A., of Detroit, of which he is past president, and by which he has been appointed delegate to two national conventions.
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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.