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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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Norton J. Warner

Norton J. Warner was born at Medina, Orleans Co., N.Y., April 15, 1830, and there obtained his education. His parents, Charles and Adeline (Jerome) Warner, came from Hartford, Conn., and the father was a millwright by trade. The mother was an own cousin of Leonard Jerome, of Jerome Park fame, whose daughter married recently into the English nobility.

Mr. Warner, the subject of this sketch, worked about seven years during his early life in various machine shops previous to the fall of 1853, when he shipped as second engineer of the steamer Portsmouth. The seasons of 1855-56 he was second of the Adriatic and in 1857 fitted out the side-wheel steamer Empire, but she did not leave port because of the hard times. During that season he made trips as second engineer respectively on the side- wheel steamer Minnesota, propeller Ontonagon, Equator and Potomac, and toward the end was made chief of the Eclipse and later of the Marquette. After a couple of seasons in her he was chief of the Hunter for a season and then followed with seven years in the Government service, during which time he was first assistant engineer of the revenue cutters Commodore Perry, Fessenden and John A. Dix. His next employment was as chief engineer of the Thomas A. Scott, in which he remained for a couple of seasons, and finished his career upon the Great Lakes as chief engineer of the Winslow, continuing on her for seventeen consecutive seasons beginning with that of 1872. He left the lakes in October, 1889, and was variously employed as engineer from that time until July, 1894, when he was made chief engineer of the Fornes building, on the corner of Pearl and Swan streets, Buffalo.

Mr. Warner was married, February 12, 1858, to Margaret Ahren, and they have the following children: Charles J., Walter D., Mary Adeline, Thomas C., Ella Augusta and Margaret Letitia. Charles J. Warner has for seven years been deputy collector of internal revenue at Buffalo, still holding that position; Walter D. is an architect; Mary Adeline is the wife of John Emig, a commercial traveler for the Henry Huber Company of New York; Thomas C. is a ranchman in the northwestern part of Texas; Ella Augusta is the wife of Albert P. Scheu, whose father was an ex-mayer of Buffalo; Margaret Letitia is the wife of Oscar O. Cosack, a lithographic artist, who is a son of Newman Cosack, the founder of lithography in 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.