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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D. W. Wise

D.W. Wise, who, since March, 1881, has been engineer for the Chicago Terminal Railway Company's elevator Iowa, Fourteenth and Lumber streets, began sailing when but a young lad. He has held positions for long terms of service with large companies, and is highly esteemed by his employers.

He was born in New York City in 1848, son of Martin A. and Della (Sydney) Wise. The father was born in Wethersfield, Conn., and the mother in Virginia. Martin A. Wise was a printer, and was employed all his life in the office of the New York Tribune. Both he and his wife died in that city and are buried in Greenwood cemetery, New York. Daniel was reared in New York and New Brunswick, N. J., by his grandparents. Going to Albany, N. Y., he attended school and learned engineering and about 1863, or when a lad of fifteen, went to Oswego and commenced firing on a tug, doing harbor work; then on the tug Winslow, on the Detroit river, for one year. His next employment was on a tug in the Chicago river, after which he entered the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, going on the tug Escanaba, which boat was doing tugging at Escanaba and Fort Howard. He remained in the service of this company for three and a half years, and then for a year was engineer on the passenger boat Saginaw, of Chicago, and for the same period engineer of the propeller Jacob Barclay, from Milwaukee.

In 1873 Mr. Wise came to Chicago, and for years was engineer on tugs owned by Donaldson Bros., doing all kinds of lake tugging on the tug now known as the Judge Field. In 1876 he entered the employ of the Michigan Transportation Company, controlled by Leopold & Austrian, and was engineer on the Joseph L. Hurd, a passenger steamer plying between Chicago and Duluth, and all intermediate points. He remained with that company until he accepted his present position in 1881.

Socially, Mr. Wise is a prominent member of the M. E. B. A., Chicago Branch No. 4, and is at present financial secretary of the association, and is regarded as one of its most substantial and trustworthy members.

In 1876, in Chicago, Mr. Wise was married to Miss Mary E. Todd, who was born in Napoleon, Ark. To this union have been born two children: Sydney S. and Sarah Agnes.


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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.