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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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Charles S. Welch

Charles S. Welch is a well-known engineer of Chicago, who spent several years on the lakes, and is now chief engineer of the Occidental building. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1858, a son of Sylvester and Eliza (Hess) Welch. The father, a native of Vermont, was a tug owner in Buffalo, and for a number of years ran a line of tugs at that place, where he still makes his home, having retired from active business. The mother died in that city.

Charles S. Welch grew to manhood in Buffalo, and there obtained his education. When quite young he began sailing on tugs, and was a licensed engineer at the age of twenty-one. In 1876 he secured a position on a tug at Buffalo, and until 1879 served in different capacities on such boats. Receiving his first license in that latter year, he was appointed second engineer of the steamer Leland, running from Traverse bay to Chicago and Escanaba, in the iron ore trade, and was on her two years. In 1881 he accepted the position of engineer on the Monohansett, an ore barge, owned in Milwaukee, and was with her for one season. He was then chief engineer of the Emma Thompson, engaged in the lumber trade from Chicago, and was engineer for other lines until 1882, when he became interested in the wrecking business as engineer on a tug. After being employed thus for some time he was appointed second engineer in the fire department, a position he held for one year, when he was transferred to the fire boat as engineer, remaining on her until June, 1890. He was then appointed engineer of the H.J. Jewett, of the Union line, for the season of 1890, and until August of the following season was the engineer of the barge Massachusetts, of the Inter Ocean line. His next position was as chief engineer of the Armour elevator on Goose island, and for four years he remained in the employ of the Armour Company. Returning to the lakes, he was for a part of a season engineer of the steamer Massachusetts, running from Chicago to Escanaba, then joined the J.W. Moore, of the Lackawanna Railroad line; and closed the season on the Fred Kelley, engaged in the grain trade. As chief engineer he was then employed at the Electric Alley Plant; subsequently was chief engineer of the National Lead Works; and was next appointed to his present position as chief engineer of the Occidental and Ottawa buildings on Madison street, Chicago. He has made his home in that city since 1883, and is widely and favorably known, both on land and water, being held in high regard by all with whom he comes in contact, either in business or social life. He has nineteen issues of license.

Socially, he is an honored member of the M. E. B. A., No. 4, of which he was president in 1893, and also belongs to the National Stationary Engineers Association, No. 28, of Chicago.

Mr. Welch was married in that city, in 1884, to Miss Hattie Lane, and to them have been born two daughters: Ethel and Clara.


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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.