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 H. Wilson

Captain William H. Wilson, one of the oldest sea captains now living, was born March 4, 1805, in Hull, Yorkshire, England, and was a son of John Wilson. He was given the educational privileges common to boys of that time, and early determined to follow the sea as his life occupation. In 1823 he found himself out on the Baltic Sea, and for a year and a half remained with his first employer. During this time he visited Belgium, Spain, France, Portugal, Sicily. In 1827 he came to New York to bring over some passengers, but made the return trip with the vessel, and in 1831 he joined a whaling expedition to the Arctic Ocean; the expedition was quite successful, capturing nine whales, and each of the next two years our subject was similarly employed. Captain Wilson has been far enough north that in June, July and August he has seen the sun shine for twenty-four consecutive hours. In 1833 he sailed on the Black Sea, touching at Odessa, and then visiting Alexandria, Egypt, on the Mediterranean. The following year he visited Africa, Ceylon and Sweden, and in 1835, France, Spain, Holland and Belgium. In 1836 he made but one long trip, that being to St. Petersburg, Russia, and the next year was passed near the home coast. In 1838 he sailed on the Baltic Sea. For eighteen years he was mate on British vessels, and for ten or twelve years before crossing the Atlantic to found a new home in the New World his time was spent mostly on the Baltic. In 1851 he left the Old World for the New and located in Detroit, Mich., which has ever since been his home. His first venture here was the purchase of a scow which he ran for one year and then sold her. The next year he was in command of the Oliver H. Perry, which was owned by his brother, Henry Wilson. His next berth was as mate of the Ocean Wave, on which he remained but a short time. After working on several other boats he entered the employ of John Bloom as sail maker, with whom he remained for eight to ten years, and then worked at the same business for James Donaldson, remaining until the death of his employer. For some time he sailed yachts running to Cleveland and Toledo, and with this he closed his long career on the water.

In 1830 Captain Wilson was wedded to his first wife, Miss Mary Ann Hutting, by whom he had five children, only one of whom - Capt. George U. Wilson - is yet living. In 1855 Captain William H. Wilson was again married, his choice being Miss Ann Morris, now deceased. No children were born of this second union. In his political affiliations Captain Wilson is a stanch Republican, and in his religious faith adheres to the Church of England.


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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.