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 Thomas Wilkins

Captain Thomas Wilkins was born in Wales, and went to sea as a boy. At the age of fourteen he, with one other lad, deserted their ship, then lying at Quebec. They were captured and given the choice of going back on board their ship or joining the English navy, which country was then at war with the United States. Their brutal treatment by the mate of their former ship made them take up arms for the cause of England.

Peace was soon after declared and he remained in this country, locating near Niagara Falls, and later making his home at Erie, Penn. He sailed the lakes in the early days, and commanded some of the best sail vessels of that time. The night his oldest son (Captain Ben) was born, he lay under Frying Pan island (Detair) weathering out a southeast gale. That will give a rough idea of the size of the lake craft at those early days, about seventy-five years ago, for Frying Pan island is no larger than an ordinary city lot.

He entered General Reed's employ at an early day, and sailed several of his steamers. He was in command of the steamer Troy, of Reed's line, when she blew up at Black Rock.

When he left the lakes he bought a farm on the south side of Erie, afterward taken into the city. He was appointed collector of the port, and served in that capacity several years, or until his death in 1870.

He had two children by his first wife: Capt. Ben and Mrs. Jane Burton; and two children by his second wife: George and Mrs. Anna Sterrett. He left his second wife and all his children to mourn his loss, but all have since passed away.


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Volume I

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.