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. J. Willoughby

Captain W. J. Willoughby, although a young man, has by right living and close application to business and a good knowledge of business methods and seamanship, advanced rapidly in his marine career. He was born in Goderich, Ont., July 8, 1865, and he attended the public schools of his native town until he reached the age of sixteen years, after which he was connected for two and a half years with a firm engaged in the boot and shoe business. In the spring of 1884, at the age of nineteen years, he began his career as a sailor, shipping as steward on the small schooner Heather Bell. The vessel was commanded by Capt. William McKay, of Goderich, and on the first trip was wrecked in a southwest gale on Lake Huron, twenty miles above Southampton, by dragging her anchors and going ashore on May 2, 1884. This was his first experience in sailing, and he received no remuneration for his services, as the Captain lost everything. After leaving the vessel on the beach, he returned to Southampton with the Captain, and engaged with Captain John Quinn to help wreck the side-wheel steamer Manitoba, then on Chantry island, and returned with him to Detroit. Being still anxious to sail and finding shipping very dull, he shipped on the new steamer Schoolcraft as deckhand, owned by Alger, Smith & Co., of Detroit, and commanded by Capt. Thomas Hackett. Here he remained four seasons, the last three of which he served as wheelsman, and then was appointed second mate and transferred to their new steamer Volunteer, which boat he helped to fit out on the stocks. He remained on her three years, and in the year 1891 was appointed mate of the steamer Gettysburg, of the same line, remaining there about two months and finishing the season in the steamer Norman, of the Menominee line. The following season, 1892, he shipped as first mate of the steamer Sachem, and finished the season as mate of the steamer Fred Kelley, of M. A. Bradley's line. In the spring of 1893 he again shipped as mate on the steamer Schoolcraft, remaining on her in this position until 1895, when he was appointed master of the barge Keweenaw, of the same line, and owned by the Thomas Nester estate, of Detroit.

In the year 1894 he took out master's papers and the following season after laying up the Keweenaw was through his own exertions appointed master of the steamer Birckhead, owned by Mr. William Warren, of Tonawanda, which berth he later resigned on account of illness and death in his family which for a time threatened to ruin his own health. He, however, recovered sufficiently to take command of the steamer Quito, owned by the Hon. W. J. White, of Cleveland, which steamer he sailed two years very successfully, and was then appointed master of the side-wheel passenger steamer State of Ohio, of the Cleveland & Buffalo line, which steamer he laid up at Lorain, Ohio, closing the season of 1898.

Captain Willoughby is a member of the Cleveland Branch of the Ship Masters Association, Lodge No. 4, and also belongs to Bigelow Lodge No. 243, and to Detroit Lodge No. 6, A. O. U. W., and is a third-degree Mason. He resides at the corner of Beech street and Scovill avenue, 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.