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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Captain Joseph White

Captain Joseph White, one of the prominent steamboat masters sailing out of Chicago, is quite popular with the public traveling between that port and Duluth by water. He was born in Sombra, Ont., April 18, 1854, and is a son of Jeremiah and Louise (Moselle) White, both of whom were of French parentage, his father's name, as written in that language, being La Blanc. The family moved from Quebec to Sombra, where the father owned a farm and engaged in the lumber business, and being a man of great energy he prospered in his undertakings.

The Captain remained at home assisting his father on the farm and in his business, getting out timber for the shipbuilders on the St. Clair river, attending school in the meantime during the winter months. In the spring of 1877 he shipped before the mast on the schooner Thomas Quayle, going home when she was laid up. The next spring he shipped on the tug William Livingston, Jr., and in 1879 was wheelsman on the steamer Lawrence, plying between Chicago and Point Edwards, and in 1880 was on the steamer Iron Age, with Captain Millan, James Carney being mate. In the summer of 1882, after remaining on the farm a short time he joined the steamer William H. Barnum, as wheelsman, remaining in this position till September 3, 1882, when he entered the employ of the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior Transportation Company, as wheelsman on the steamer Peerless, with Captain McIntyre, holding that berth until August, 1883, when he applied for and was granted pilot's license, and was appointed second mate of the same. He speaks with great praise of Captain McIntyre for the assistance kindly rendered at that time. After holding the office of second mate on the Peerless five seasons, he was appointed mate on the steamer J. L. Hurd, with Captain Twitchell, remaining one season. In 1889 he was transferred to the City of Traverse, as mate, and remained on her until the spring of 1891, when he was promoted to the office of master of the steamer Jay Gould, which he sailed for many seasons with good success, and has given eminent satisfaction to the officers of the company.

On October 13, 1893, the time that the steamer Dean Richmond and many other good vessels went to the bottom in a living fall gale attended by blinding snow, Captain White fully realized the terrible responsibility devolving upon the master of a passenger steamer. He stood off in Lake Superior, bound from Portage canal to Sault Ste. Marie, and rode out the tempest for forty-five hours, a period to test the nerve and resources of the most experienced master. The copper stowed in barrels between decks broke away and became so many demons; the gangways were broken in; there was water in the firehold to the depth of five feet; two of the lifeboats were borne from the davits and washed overboard; and the wheel and tiller chains parted; but during these long hours of peril the Captain and his officers labored unceasingly for the salvation of the steamer and the lives under their charge. Especially does he commend the chief engineer, A. P. Williams, who stood by the throttle until his face and hands were seriously burned, but he did not leave his post until the steamer had found comparative safety under Bay Mills Point.

On May 28, 1894, Captain White was united in marriage to Miss Rose, daughter of Alexander McAuley, of Chicago, formerly of Sombra, Ont. Two daughters, Genevieve E. and Eleanore Marie were born to this union. The family residence is at No. 6337 Langley avenue, Chicago, Ill. Socially the Captain is a member of the Ship Masters Association, and carries Pennant No. 440.


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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.