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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P. W. Whelan

P.W. Whelan is a marine engineer of wide experience and one who, by faithful work and merited success, has won the greatest confidence of his employers. He was born March 10, 1846, at Cleveland, Ohio, and has resided there all his life. At the age of seventeen years he entered a machine and repair shop and served a three years' apprenticeship to the machinist's trade, after which he began his marine life, going as oiler on the Arctic, on which boat he remained one season. He then went on the revenue cutter Fessenden and acted as oiler three months, subsequently, for a period of four years, remaining ashore, employed at his trade. Next entering the employ of the Northern Transportation Company, he spent about six months as second engineer of the steamer Michigan, finishing the season on the propeller Maine, of the same line. He then spent about three months as second engineer of the Equinox, on which boat he afterward became chief engineer, continuing in that capacity two seasons. The winter following Mr. Whelan was employed in the Globe Machine Shops, and in the spring he shipped on the tug Clematis, remaining only a short time, however, as he returned to the Globe Iron Works, working there until the following spring. The next two seasons he spent on the H. D. Coffinberry, and for the seven years following he was engaged as engineer of the Worthington block, in Cleveland. He has since been on the boats Republic, St. Paul, Bessemer, Joseph Fay, R. P. Ranney, Corona, Frontenac and Escanaba, coming in 1896 to the Aragon, upon which he remained throughout the season.

Mr. Whelan was married November 27, 1873, to Miss Anna Marr, of Cleveland, and six children have been born to them, namely: Margaret, Grace and May, who reside at home at the present time; and Thomas, Gertrude and Edward, deceased.


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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.