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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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Alfred E. Welch

Alfred E. Welch, engineer on the City of Rome, is a well-known and efficient marine engineer. He was born in Erie county, N.Y., September 1, 1846, and received the limited educational advantages afforded by the county district schools during the winter months.

In 1870 Mr. Welch shipped as engineer on the tug Mary E. Pierce, of Buffalo harbor, and for seven years thereafter was employed in a planing-mill ashore. In 1878 he returned to the lakes as engineer on the steamer Missouri, Capt. Lyman Hunt, engaged in the lumber trade between Buffalo and Bay City, Mich., remaining in that position for two years. In 1880 he entered the service of the Anchor line as chief engineer on the propeller Conemaugh, running from Buffalo to Chicago, and continued in that vessel for four years. During the season of 1884 he was engaged ashore as machinist, and in 1885 he became chief engineer of the steamer H.E. Packer, of the Lackawanna line, remaining one season. He then shipped as engineer on the steamer Wocoken, belonging to the Winslow line, of Cleveland, Ohio, and for one year afterward was employed in the same capacity by the Buffalo and Lake Superior line. In 1887 he became chief engineer of the steamer City of Rome, of Chicago, engaged in the coal trade between Buffalo and Chicago, which position he still holds.

Mr. Welch was married, in 1873, to Miss Elizabeth P. Harrison, of Buffalo, and they have one son. Mr. Welch is the efficient secretary of the Marine engineers Beneficial Society, which position he has filed with ability for four years. The family reside in Buffalo, New York.


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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.