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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George M. Wise

George M. Wise, another one of the prominent engineers on the lakes who makes Buffalo his home, is a son of George and Maria (Rogers) Wise, natives of England, and was born at Buffalo December 13, 1845. He attended Public School No. 6, and started work at the age of fifteen, learning the trade of machinist at the Vulcan Iron Works, where he remained about five years. Subsequently he took to steam- boating, which he has followed ever since. His first berth was that of second engineer on the Dictator, which he held for two seasons, and he followed this with four seasons in the same capacity on the Merchant, the next season being promoted to the chief of that boat. The seasons of 1873-74-75-76 he was chief of the Alaska; in 1878 he fitted and brought out new the Leigh, remaining her chief for four consecutive seasons, and leaving her to accept the position of chief engineer of the Buffalo branch of the American Glucose Company, with whom he was engaged for over a year. The season of 1883 again found the fascination of a seafaring life upon him, and he went on the Siberia as her chief for that and the following season. In 1885 he fitted and brought out new the Wiley M. Eagan, running her two seasons, and the following season brought out new the John Pankerton, running her half that season, and for the balance being employed on the E. P. Wilbur. He then went on the Wallula for one season, and the next was back again as chief of the E. P. Wilbur. Since that time he has been chief of the Florida. He has twenty-eight issues of license. Mr. Wise's brother William is chief engineer of the Ogdensburg Transportation Company, and another brother, John, is chief on the China.

Mr. Wise was married, at Buffalo, in July, 1868, to Miss Martha M. Moore, of Canada, by whom he has nine children, four now living, namely: Margaret, wife of George Hallett; Sarah Jane, wife of William Hartz; George R., aged sixteen, and Joseph Burton, aged twelve. The family reside at No. 126 Babcock street, Buffalo, New York.


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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.