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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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William L. Webster

William L. Webster, who, for several years was prominently identified with the lake marine, but now chief engineer of the J. Q. Adams school on Townsend street, Chicago, was born in Chatham, Province of Ontario, Canada, in 1857, and is a son of James T. and Alice (Butler) Webster, natives of Scotland and Canada, respectively. In early life the father emigrated to Canada, and is now a resident of Florence, Ontario, where he is engaged in the undertaking business the mother is deceased, having died in Canada.

William L. Webster was reared at Florence, and at Chatham learned the machinist's trade, serving a four-years' apprenticeship. Early in life he also obtained a thorough knowledge of the workings of marine and stationary engines, and for eighteen years was identified with the lakes. In 1880 he sailed from Windsor, Canada, as engineer on the old tug Beaver, and the same season was also on the W. F. McRae, after which he was on the carboat Michigan, running her until the winter of 1881. He then filled the same position on the passenger boat running from Detroit, Mich., to Windsor, Ont., and was next chief engineer on the excursion boat Garland, running to Belle Isle and other points, going thence to the E. K. Roberts, plying between Detroit and Duck island, and the next season was chief engineer of the Chamberlin, engaged in the lumber trade out of Saginaw, Mich. He then brought out the steamer Gogebic, which was engaged in the iron and grain trade on Lake Superior, and the following season was chief engineer of the L. W. Palmer, in the coal and iron ore trade. The next season he was chief engineer on the Chemung, plying between Buffalo and Chicago in the grain and package freight business; accepting a position with the American Steel Barge Company, he was on various boats as chief engineer for some time, then joined the Columbia as chief for three years. During the winter of 1895-96 was chief engineer at Cairo, Ill., on the government dredge Beta, plying on the lower Mississippi, and one of the largest dredges in the service. Its machinery consisted of two engines of 1,500 horse power, triple expansion, and four cylinders, 20-1/2, 33, 38 and 38 x 24, and also an engine of 500 horse power, cross compound. On the third official test, this dredge took out 77.984 4-10 cubic yards of measured sand in one hour and ten minutes, and also cut a channel forty feet wide, six and a half feet deep and eight hundred and fifty feet long in one hour and fifty-seven minutes.

Mr. Webster came to Chicago in 1895, and is now chief engineer of the J. Q. Adams school on Townsend street, while his home is at No. 104, same street. Socially, he is a member of the M. E. B. A. No. 4, of which he is acting secretary pro tem, and also a member of the A. O. U. W., of Portland, Oregon, where he resided for three years while in the government employ. He holds an ocean chief engineer's license, besides those for lake marine and stationary engines.

Mr. Webster was married in Florence, Ontario, in 1878, to Miss Margaret Kerr Stewart, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth A.


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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.