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 Nelson J. Wigle

Captain Nelson J. Wigle, commander of the steamer Lakeside, was born on the old homestead farm near the town of Kingsville, Essex Co., Ont., in the year 1859, attended school in his native place, and assisted in working the farm until he was twenty-one years of age. Having always been fond of the water, he had gained considerable experience in the various craft in the vicinity of Kingsville, so that when he attained his majority he gravitated quite naturally toward sailing. His first venture was on the steamer Reporter, running between Pelee island and Kingsville, and by natural ability, perseverance and faithfulness to duty, he gradually worked his way up on different vessels until at length he was appointed first officer of the J. W. Steinhoff, now known as the Queen City, on which he remained two seasons. Then he was offered and accepted the position captain of the fine passenger steamer City of Dresden, which ran between Detroit the Lake Shore and Sandusky, Ohio, and he was retained in command of her for nine seasons, during which time he had many trying experiences. In the frightful storm of September 4, 1882, the same in which the propeller Asia was lost with all on board save two, the City of Dresden had an exciting time. She was tossed at the mercy of the winds and waves, and for three days was supposed to be lost, but good seamanship prevailed, and Captain Wigle, though with much difficulty, ran his boat under the lee of Pelee island, where she lay until the weather moderated.

In the year 1888 the steamer Lakeside was built, and Captain Wigle was at once put in command of her, continuing as her master until 1891. In 1892 he was captain of the Garden City, a fine side-wheeler, and in the following year he was appointed Toronto manager of the Niagara Falls line of steamers, a pool of boats which comprises the Empress of India, Garden City and Lakeside. In 1893 he resumed command of the Lakeside, on which he still remains, and his ability as a master and hearty courteous manner to all with whom he comes in contact have made him one of the most popular commanders on the lakes. In 1889, shortly after the Lakeside made the first trip of the season, Captain Wigle ran her into Rondeau with a load of passengers, and all on board witnessed the foundering of the schooner Louis Ross, off Point aux Pins, Lake Erie. Captain Wigle at once manned his lifeboats and going in person with his men succeeded in rescuing every one on the ill-fated vessel. The Lakeside is a very popular boat with passengers and shippers; she is always the first to open the season and the last to give away to the rigors of winter and is noted for being at all seasons strictly on time.

Captain Wigle is married, and resides with his family on North Williams street, St. Catharines. Fraternally he is a Mason in good standing.


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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.