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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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John F. Walsh

John F. Walsh was born in Ogdensburg, N. Y., on February 2, 1855. He attended public schools of his native place until thirteen years of age, when he found employment as fireman of a locomotive on the Vermont Central railroad, remaining in that employ five years. He now took charge of a locomotive on the Cincinnati, Sandusky & Cleveland railroad, holding that position two years, when he began steamboating in the employ of the old Northern Transportation Line, out of Ogdensburg. In 1877 he shipped as wheelsman on the City of New York, and was next appointed second mate, serving as such two years, and transferring to the steamer Oswegatchie in the same capacity. His service as oiler in the steamer Gordon Campbell lasted during the season of 1880, and the following season he was appointed second engineer of the steamer Ontonagon, filling that berth off and on for four years. In 1884 Mr. Walsh took out chief's papers. He engineered the H. C. Schnoor two years, the propeller Newbury two years, fitted out the V. Swain, and brought out the steamer Caledonia, closing the season of 1889 on her. The following season he shipped as chief with Capt. Harry Mills in the steamer Bulgaria, remaining on her one year, and going with the Captain to the steamer Harper the following season, which he closed in the new steel steamer Gilcher. The next season he shipped as chief on the steamer R. E. Schuck, remaining on her and on the steamer G. F. Williams one year each. In 1895 he was appointed chief of the Nahant, continued as such one season, and then transferred to the steamer Britannic, which was lost by collision in the Detroit river. In 1896 he fitted out the Griffin, but finished the season in the steamer Sitka, laying her up at the close of navigation.

Mr. Walsh was united in marriage to Miss Annie L. Smith, of Ogdensburg, N. Y., on December 26, 1881. Five children have been born to them: Annie Lula, Mary Ellen, George P., Edward J. and Sarah E. Walsh.


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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.