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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Captain William H. Wallace

Captain William H. Wallace is a young steamboat master who has so far succeeded in keeping his vessel out of trouble and avoiding disasters, shipwrecks and other ills attendant on the shipmaster's life. He was born in 1861 at Lorain, Ohio, and attended the public schools of that city, passing into the high school. He then spent one year at Oberlin College, leaving there to enter the Spencerian Business College, where he took a full course, and graduated at the age of nineteen. Considering himself now equipped with an education that would qualify him for his chosen profession, that of master mariner, as it might be, he directed his energies toward acquiring the practical experience necessary in any calling, and in the spring of 1880, shipped before the mast in the schooner Thomas Gawn, remaining on her one season. In 1881 he transferred to the steamer Robert Wallace, on which boat he remained eight years, as wheelsman, watchman and second mate, being on this vessel in the fall of 1887, when she and the David Wallace went ashore near Marquette, Mich. The vessels remained in a very perilous position for the crews, from Tuesday morning until Friday noon, before they were taken off by the life-saving crew, and, added to the uncomfortable condition of the boats in zero weather, they were without food. In 1889 the Captain shipped as mate of the steamer Vulcan, which berth he held four years, when he was advanced to the captaincy of the steamer. In the spring of 1896 he was appointed master of the steamer Vega, which he laid up at the close of navigation, and of which he resumed command the two following seasons.

Captain Wallace is a son of David and Martha Wallace, the former a prominent builder of lake vessels. In June, 1887, he married Miss Nellie Cunningham, of Clyde, Ohio. The home presided over by his charming wife is at No. 16 Duane Street, Lorain, Ohio.


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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.