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 William A. Williams

A three-years' cruise, commencing when he was four years old, gave our subject an early acquaintance with salt water and a seafaring life. He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, August 30, 1860. His father was master of an ocean vessel, the bark Juno, and at the age of four years our subject was taken on board with his mother and brother for a cruise which lasted three years and four months, during all of which time the family did not return to their home. The Juno was then engaged in the South America and East India trade.

When the Captain was fifteen years old he embarked on a fishing schooner, where he remained during the season. During the following winter he attended school, and the next September he left Annapolis, Nova Scotia, as cook in the schooner Gleanmire. On December 5, the boat was lost in a collision forty miles off Cape Hatteras. The crew, consisting of six men, put off from the sinking vessel in an open boat and six days later were picked up in a starving condition by the German bark Jessonda. The men were landed in Bremerhaven, from which port young Williams made his way to Liverpool, where he shipped on the Livingstone, remaining on this vessel until he was twenty years of age, and then won the position of second mate, when he joined the American ship Ringleader and made several East India voyages. The Ringleader was sold in Hong Kong, and he then joined the Scotch steamer Glancone, engaged in the China trade. In 1885 he came to the Great Lakes, serving as mate and second mate on the steamers Wallula, Charlemagne Tower, J. C. Lockwood, Frontenac, Sitka, E. B. Bartlett, Briton and Marina, and as master of the Missoula and the Olympia. The first steamer he commanded was the Missoula, which broke her shaft and rolled to pieces on Lake Superior, November 3, 1895. Captain Williams left the vessel in a boat and was given up for lost, being missing for nine days. During the season of 1896 he was in command of the Olympia.

On January 1, 1884, Captain Williams was married to Miss Susan Kilgour, of Limerick, Ireland. Four children, all of them girls, have been born to them, namely: Fannie, Mabel, Pearl and Ruth. They live in a cosy home on Davis avenue, in the West End, Cleveland, Ohio.


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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.