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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Charles W. Wall

Charles W. Wall was born May, 1, 1844, in the city of New York. When one year old his parents moved to Buffalo, where he received his early education. At fourteen he obtained employment in the distillery of George Truscott, and at sixteen he entered the Shepard Iron Works to learn the trade of machinist. Two years later, however, in 1862, Mr. Wall enlisted in Company C, 116th N.Y.V., serving with honor until the close of the war, being attached to the Army of the Gulf and the Army of Shenandoah, and was one of the four members of the company that were not wounded. Mr. Wall was one of the seventy-eight men from the 116th N.Y.V. Regiment (though there were a thousand men in the assault) who volunteered as a "forlorn hope" to assault Port Hudson, La., May 27, 1863. He also participated in the Red River campaign, and was with Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley. At the close of the war he went first to Mobile, Ala., and thence to Fulton, Ill., where he shipped as second engineer on the John C. Gault, towing wood barges on the Mississippi river. Leaving the Mississippi in 1867, he shipped at Buffalo, as second engineer on the propeller Arctic. During the ensuing years he was alternately afloat and ashore, entering the government service as chief engineer of the lighthouse tender Haze, in 1875, in which position he remained some fourteen years, then going ashore to take charge of the Thompson Houston Electric Light & Power Co., at Buffalo, returning to the lakes a couple of years later, in 1891. For a while he was chief of the Cuba, America and Mariska. In the spring of 1892 he was made chief of the Owego, which position he held for the seasons of 1892- 93-94-95-96-97, and on February 19, 1898, he was made superintendent of the Erie elevator of Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Wall has been very successful in his work as engineer, and now holds one of the responsible positions with the Erie Railroad Company.

Mr. Wall was married in June, 1868, to Miss Mary A. Todd, of Buffalo. They have one daughter and reside in their own home, No. 39 Plymouth avenue, Buffalo, N.Y. Socially, our subject is a member of Hiram Lodge No. 105; F. & A.M., and of William Richardson Post No. 254, G.A.R., also of Camp 97, U.V.L. He is past commander of William Richardson Post. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 1, of Buffalo.


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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.