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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William Wilson

William Wilson has been in the employ of the Anchor line for seventeen years consecutively, which is sufficient evidence of his capability as an engineer. He was born March 4, 1860 at Buffalo, a son of William and Mary (Donnelly) Wilson, the former of whom was a native of Scotland, the latter of Ireland. William Wilson, Sr., who was a ship carpenter in trade, died at Buffalo in October, 1890, while his wife passed away in February, 1893.

The subject of this sketch attended school in his native city, and commended his life work as messenger or errand boy for Theodore M. Moore, then superintendent of repairs for the Anchor line. Following that employment he went into the employ of Farrar & Trefts to learn the machinist trade, remaining the usual period of four years, and the winter succeeding was in the employ of the Buffalo Engine Works. In 1879 Mr. Wilson entered the lake service, beginning in the spring as oiler on the steamer Chicago, of the Western Transportation line, on which he remained until July 2, when he left her work in the same capacity on the steamer of China, of the Anchor line, for the rest of the season. Beginning with 1880 Mr. Wilson was second engineer of the Chigaco for three successive seasons, transferring from her to the India as chief, on which he remained seven consecutive seasons, and with the season of 1898 he closed a period of nine seasons as chief of the steamer Japan. During his time on the lakes, undoubtedly due to his carefulness and foresight, Besides the work above set forth Mr. Wilson has been steadily employed in shop work for the twelve winters ending with that of 1896-97.

Mr. Wilson was married, April 17, 1882, to Miss Julia McCarthy, by whom he has three children, two of whom are now living, Charles and Irene. Socially he is a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters.


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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.