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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William Westbrook

William Westbrook, chief engineer of the J.H. Pauly, and a resident of Detroit, was born on February 10, 1861, in Marine City, Mich., a son of James Westbrook, who was captain on the lakes for a number of years, and died in 1867. Our subject began his marine life at the early age of seven years, and since that time has been closely connected with that industry. Having previously been upon his father's boats, he obtained the position of fireman on the Thomas Coleman, when in his eleventh year, and in that capacity was on several tugs - the Mystic, R. N. Masters, Brockway and Erie Bell - after which he served as second engineer in the City of Dresden and C. N. Pratt.

In the following season, Mr. Westbrook was given the position of chief engineer on the International, where he remained for three years, and then served in the same capacity on the W. J. Averill, Spinner, Ira Chaffee, John E. Hall, Ballentine, Preston and Desmond. At one time he owned an interest in the steambarge Oswegatchie, which was foundered in Saginaw bay, after he had disposed of his interest, losing all on board. He also owned the H. C. Potter. For several months he was engineer on the tug Onaping, and later on the St. Leland; but since 1896 he has been chief on the J. H. Pauly. He also owned and was master of the schooner John Breden for three years.

In 1882 Mr. Westbrook was married to Miss Abbie Appleman, of St. Clair, Mich., and they now have a pleasant home at No. 12 Locust street, Detroit. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and of Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.


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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.