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 James B. Watts

Captain James B. Watts is a son of Matthew Watts, who died from exposure on Lake Winnepeg while a captain in the employ of the Canadian Government, having been lashed to the bottom of the yacht Keewatin for ten days and nights, in the month of September, 1890. The mother was Fairlina Brotchie, and her family were sailing men.

James was born in Collingwood, Ont., in 1861, and his first sailing was in 1876, before the mast on the schooner Kittie, in the lumber trade from Lake Huron to the Lake Erie Ports. The next season he was before the mast on the schooner Hannah Moore, and in 1878 was mate on the same schooner, going, in 1879, as mate on the schooner Seaman. In 1880 he was before the mast on the schooners Thomas Gawn, Riverside, Selkirk and other lake traders, until the close of 1884. During the season of 1885 he was wheelsman on the steamers Wm. A. Haskell and the Wm. J. Averill, from Ogdensburg to Chicago. In 1886 he shipped as second mate on the steamer India, and the next year, 1887, was made first mate on the steamer Vienna.

During the seasons of 1888-89 he was first mate on the steel steamer Cambria, until July 12, 1889. He then went on the steamer Havana as captain, and sailed her until the close of 1890, and in 1891 he went as master to the steel steamer Norman, and in 1892 joined the United States lighthouse tender Warrington, in the same capacity, but in July of that year he changed to the steamer City of London. The season of 1893 he passed ashore, excepting two months late in the season, when he sailed the steamer Briton. In 1894 he sailed the steamer R. P. Ranney. In 1895 he accepted the position of first mate on the steamer Briton, and during the season of 1896 filled the same berth on the large steel steamer Coralia. In 1897 he went as master on the steamer Briton, and now (1898) is holding the same position on the same steamer. He is still unmarried.


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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.