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 Edward Williams

Captain Edward Williams, who has been in command of the Lawrence since March, 1897, is one of the younger masters on the Great Lakes, but he well deserves the confidence reposed in him by his employers all the more because he is a self-made man, having risen to his present responsible position by efficient and faithful service in the humbler capacities on board ship.

Mr. Williams is a native of Michigan, born in Quincy, November 15, 1871, and is a son of Robert Williams, who is a blacksmith by occupation. The father was born in Conneaut, Penn., and located in Michigan many years ago, and in 1879 removed from Quincy to St. Joseph. Edward received his education in the public schools of Onekama, Mich., which he attended until he was sixteen or seventeen years of age, but the greater part of his education has been acquired by reading and in the school of practical experience. He commenced sailing as cook on small schooners, and worked on that class of boats for seven years, during which time he advanced steadily until he became mate. Following this he went on the Petoskey as watchman for one season, and the succeeding season he served on the same boat as wheelsman. His next berth was on the John D. Dewar, running between Frankfort and Manistee, which he commanded for a season of ten months, and on leaving her he became second mate of the P.J. Ralph, of St. Clair, remaining with that boat all of one season and part of another. He now returned to the Petoskey, on which he acted as mate for one year, and in March, 1897, he became captain of the Lawrence, in which position he has since been retained.

Captain Williams has been remarkably fortunate during his experience on the water, and he is regarded as a thoroughly reliable man by all who know him. He is a member of the Ship Masters Association No. 6, of Milwaukee, Wis., and carries Pennant No. 1044. Fraternally he unites with Frankfort Lodge No. 173, K. of P.

On March 15, 1898, Captain Williams was married to Miss Addie V. Smith, of Frankfort.


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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.