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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Peter A. Wilson

Peter A. Wilson is the son of James and Jessie (Lithgo) Wilson, and the youngest son in a family of eight children, seven sons and one daughter. The parents were both born in Scotland.

Mr. Wilson was born January 29, 1866, in Welland county, Canada, in which section he obtained his schooling. When about twelve years of age he removed with his parents to Armstrong county, Penn., where he began his first practical work in a flourmill in that vicinity, being so occupied for about a year. In 1881, at the early age of fifteen, he commenced to learn the machinist's trade at the Dubois Iron Works, in Clearfield county, Penn., where he served the necessary apprenticeship of three years, and worked as a journeyman for two years, when he went to Erie, Penn., where he worked in some of the leading shops until the spring of 1893, when he took to steamboating. He shipped as oiler on the Schuylkill, belonging to the Anchor line, which position he held part of that season, and then went on the Philadelphia, being on her when she was wrecked off Point aux Barques, November 7, 1893, after which he entered the Anchor line machine shops, remaining until the spring of 1984, when he went as oiler on the Codorus, and on the 17th of September was promoted to the position of second engineer, which berth he held for some time, including the season of 1897.

In 1890, Mr. Wilson was married to Miss Sarah Goodill, of Erie, Penn., and they have one son. Socially, he is an Odd Fellow, being a member of the Philallelia Lodge No. 299, of Erie, and is also a member of the Woodmen of the World. The family reside at No. 223 Peach street, Erie, Pennsylvania.


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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.