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 Joseph Waltman

Since 1892 Capt. Joseph Waltman has not been actively connected with marine work, but his interests are still in that line, and he is identified with the shipmasters of Detroit, where he resides at the present time. His retirement from sailing was of short duration, however, and he was soon following his favorite occupation again, as he had the greater part of his life.

Captain Waltman was born in Monroe, Mich., in 1847, and in that place he spent the days of his boyhood. Early he had a desire to be a sailor, and when ten years old shipped on a steamer running out of Monroe, as cabin boy. After five years' service in this capacity, he acted as decksweep for a time, then shipped on the tug B. F. Bruce as wheelsman. On this boat he remained two years in that position and then became her mate, after which he took command of the tug Gore. He held this position throughout the season, and the next year acted as mate on the tug John Martin, after which he became master. In 1863 he entered Winslow's employ, and brought out new the Maria Love. She was sold in the fall to the government, and he delivered her for the owners in the Brooklyn navy yard. On Winslow's line he was employed ten years, going on the Kate Williams, and the Winslow, after the Maria Love was sold. He then spent two years on the Gazelle, running between Sandusky, Put-in-Bay and Cleveland, and one season on the W. R. Clinton steamers, and five years in the Dunlap and the Metropolis, of the Bay City and the Alpena line. He spent the next season on the Salina, and then went on the St. Mary, running from Detroit to Toledo, there remaining one season. After one season spent on the J. E. Potts, and one on the yacht Lelia, and the I. U. Masters, he was engaged in the wrecking business on the Kate Williams.

In 1881, Captain Waltman was married to Mrs. Hattie M. Dewey, of Brattleboro, Vt. They reside at No. 56 Howard street, Detroit. He is a member of the Ship Masters Association; is a 32d-degree Freemason, member of Union Lodge, F. & A. M.; of Peninsular Chapter No. 16 , R. A. M.; is a Knight Templar, of Masters Commandery No. 12, and member of Moslem Temple, Mystic Shrine; is also a member of the A. O. U. W. of Detroit.


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Volume I

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.