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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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Liberty H. Ware

Among the men in public life who have had considerable nautical experience is Hon. Liberty H. Ware, of Cleveland. He is a grandson of John T. Ware, of Philadelphia, who spent his life in building sailing vessels, and who was for a long period head ship- builder in Stephen Guard's shipyard in Philadelphia; he also held a responsible position in the United States for some time.

Samuel Ware, the father of the subject of this sketch, was a farmer who lived at one time in Philadelphia, later removing to Columbiana County, Ohio, where his son Liberty H. was born in 1844. Twelve years later the family made their home at Avon Point, and five years after that they took up their abode in Cleveland. The early life of Liberty H. Ware was spent in school, his spare time being employed in boats for pleasure. After removing to Cleveland, he commenced the study of law in the Union Law College, remaining in that institution three terms. He had been reading law for some time previous in the office of R. E. Knight and H. H. Blackburn, and at the expiration of the third term in the Union Law College he received his diploma. Up to this time he had made many occasional trips with the lake vessels of that day, having sailed in the George H. Ely, as mate of the schooner Patton, in the William B. Ogden, the Black Rover, the Addie, the Geo. W. Holt, the scows-Leo, Dido, Comfort, Ann, Black Swan, and E. K. Kane, the square-rigged scow Gladiator, and the Free Mason. While he was in the Addie, that vessel was wrecked at the entrance to Cleveland harbor by running against the pier, and sunk. The crew took to the yawl boats, but that craft was upset and the men were washed on the beach by the waves.

When Mr. Ware received his diploma, he folded it up and placed it in his vest pocket for safe keeping, then walked directly to the dock where the schooner Yorktown was lying ready for a trip across the ocean. The Yorktown's cargo of oil was on board, and, when Mr. Ware offered to ship as able seaman, his services were at once accepted. His desire to see something of the world was granted, and during the next few months he met many varied experiences. The Yorktown was chased by a privateer on the way over, but being a speedy schooner had no difficulty in getting out of the way. The voyage from Cleveland to Liverpool lasted twenty-eight days, and after spending some time in England, Mr. Ware returned to the ship Damascus. Then he took up the practice of law in what was then West Cleveland, and he has lived ever since in the home formerly occupied by his parents. In the practice of his profession he has been successful, and his fellow citizens have repeatedly asked him to serve them in a public capacity. He was mayor of West Cleveland two terms, has been a justice of the peace, member of the council, postmaster and police justice. He has always sailed more or less. With Capt. J. W. Moore he purchased the fast sailyacht Minx, and later he and Captain Moore built the sailyacht L. H. Ware, which was afterward transformed into a steamyacht. He now owns the single-stick yacht Restless, a very speedy boat of forty feet over all.

Mr. Ware's first wife was Miss Mary Jane Wroath. In 1879 he married Miss Mary A. Cobb, of Stark County, Ohio; they have two children: Liberty Bernard and Frances Alice.


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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.