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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Lawrence D. Weeks

Lawrence D. Weeks, who was chief engineer of the steamer J.C. Lockwood during the season of 1896, was born in Vermilion, Ohio, in 1869, his father being Captain Leeds H. Weeks, a well known vessel master. He attended school in Vermilion until he was fourteen years of age, when he commenced sailing. From that time until twenty years of age, he studied in Cleveland every winter, first in the Spencerian Business College and then in the Case School of Applied Science. He continued to live in Vermilion until he was twenty-two years of age, when he removed to Cleveland.

The first vessel on which he sailed was the schooner B.F. Bruce, of which his father was master. Then he became wheelsman on the steamers Horace B. Tuttle, Oregon, and J.C. Gilchrist in turn, later going on the Gilchrist as oiler while his father was master of her. Then for two years he was oiler on the steamer John Craig, receiving his papers as first assistant engineer the winter he was twenty-one years of age. The following season he was second engineer of the Craig, serving during the ensuing winter as mechanical draughtsman for the Frontier Iron Works, of Detroit. During the season of 1892 he was second engineer of the Cumberland. While the World's Fair was in progress in Chicago, he was at the head of the mechanical department of the exhibit of Charles P. Willard & Co. This firm operated eight launches and yachts on the World's Fair grounds, and Mr. Weeks was responsible for the proper operation of all the machinery contained in them. After the close of the Fair, he became second engineer of the steamer A.P. Wright, holding this position through the season of 1894. He went as chief engineer of the steamer A.L. Hopkins, in the early part of the season of 1895, in July of that year becoming chief engineer of the steamer Olympia. That winter he was mechanical draughtsman for the Cleveland Ship Building Co., and in his leisure time he took up the study of electricity and theoretical mechanics. He was chief engineer of the J.C. Lockwood during 1896.

In January, 1896, Mr. Weeks was married to Miss Mary McAulay, of Cleveland.


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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.