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 Thomas Wilson

Captain Thomas Wilson was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, about 1840, and began sailing along the coast at an early age. He came to the lakes in 1855, and in 1856, during the one season, he had worked his way up from wheelsman of the Manhattan to second officer of that craft. The following season he shipped on the steamer Mineral Rock, where he remained until he became chief officer, and in 1863 he served as pilot and mate of the side-wheeler Illinois, in 1864 resuming command of the passenger and freight steamer Mineral Rock. For eight years Captain Wilson was in command of the passenger and freight steamer Meteor, on the route from Buffalo to Lake Superior, and for four years he did all the carrying trade of the Minnesota Iron Company; the first cargoes of rails had to be handled on the beach, this being at a time before docks and railroads were constructed. In 1873 Captain Wilson had built at St. Clair, Mich., the first boat of his present large line, and named her D. M. Wilson, after his only son, then a small boy. The Hiawatha and Minnehaha were shortly afterward built at Gibraltar, Mich., and the following large vessels, built to the order of the Wilson Transit Company, Capt. Thomas Wilson managing owner, have been constructed in sequence here given: Tacoma, Wallula, Kasota, George Spencer, Tower, Spokane, Missoula, Sitka, Yakima, Wadena, Olympia, Yukon, Yuma and W. D. Rees; a large steel steamer was completed for the season of 1897. Since 1875 Captain Wilson has remained on shore looking after his large vessel interests and controlling the movements of the Wilson Transit line fleet.

In 1872 the Captain married Miss Mary Morris, daughter of David Morris, who was the first man to ship coal out of Cleveland, and to them have been born three children: David, who died at the age of fourteen years; and Annabel and Mabel, who are now finishing their education.


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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.