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 W. W. Wilkins

Captain W.W. Wilkins, the fourth son of Captain Benjamin and Anna (Backus) Wilkins, was born in Erie, Penn., on September 22, 1859, and received a liberal education in that city, passing one term in the high schools, sailing during vacations with his father, thus learning the elementary duties of the sailor's life, and in the spring of 1877 he shipped on the steamer Winslow, of the Anchor line, his father being in command. The following season he joined the India as lookout, being advance to the berth of wheelsman. In 1880 he received his license and was appointed second mate of the Arizona, with Capt. Ed. Mooney, in 1881 going as second mate with Capt. M.H. Murch in the Winslow, but closing the year as car recorder in the Lake Shore railroad yard at Erie. In the spring of 1882 Capt. W.W. Wilkins became second mate of the steamer Annie Young, with Capt. W.D. Waite; in 1883 was mate of the steamer China; 1884 mate of the steamer Idaho, of the Lake Superior Transit Co., remaining until the close of the next season with Capt. Alex Clark, and in 1886 he entered the employ of the Lake Michigan & Lake Superior Transit Co., as mate of the steamer City of Fremont, which plied between Duluth and the Portage, on Lake Superior, touching at other south shore ports. That fall he left the lakes for a time, and, after attending the funeral of his mother, he went to Minneapolis in a business capacity.

In the spring of 1889, however, Captain Wilkins returned to the lakes, shipping as mate on the steamer Samuel F. Hodge, but closing the season on the Lehigh Valley line steamer Henry Packer, with Capt. W.D. Waite. In 1890 he was mate of the Badger State, with Capt. J.H. Smith, until October, when he transferred to the steamer William H. Stevens, making two round trips, Duluth to Ogdensburg, laying up the steamer in Duluth on December 6. During the seasons of 1891-92 he sailed as mate on the steamer of John M. Nicol, with Capt. Albert Stewart; 1893-94 as mate of the Badger State, with Capt. James Kennedy; 1895-96 as mate of the steamer Boston, with Capt. Dugal Buie, taking command of the steamer the last trip on account of the illness of Capt. D. Buie. In the spring of 1897 Captain Wilkins entered the employ of James McBrier, of Erie, as master of the steamer Nyanza, of which he is still (1899) in command.

On August 22, 1891, Capt. W.W. Wilkins was wedded to Miss Hattie Saulsbury, daughter of Schuyler and Miranda (Force) Saulsbury, and the children born to this union are Anna Louise and Cameron Merle. The family home is at No. 1824 Myrtle street, Erie, Penn. The captain is a member of the Ship Masters Association, Buffalo branch, No. 1, his Pennant being No. 1045, and of the I.O.O.F.


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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.