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 S. Wolf

A young marine engineer who has distinguished himself in the field of mechanical invention is George S. Wolf, of Cleveland, a son of the late Capt. Alfred Wolf and his wife Caroline (Rentchler) Wolf. He was born in West Dover, Ohio, near Cleveland, January 24, 1868, and his sailing experience began when he was fourteen years of age. He spent two seasons on board of the steamer Smith Moore, and part of another on the steamer James Pickands. Then he took a fancy to join the United States Navy as means of gaining useful experience and seeing something of the world.

On the cruisers Saratoga, Jamestown and Minnesota he cruised entirely around the world, his position on board being that of an apprentice. He also spent a period on board the Boston in the West Indies, after which he left the service, with an honorable discharge and continuous service certificate, having been connected with it over three years, and being then twenty-one years of age. He received his first papers as engineer after returning to the lakes. In 1890 he shipped as oiler on the steamer James Pickands, the following season becoming master of the scow Modock. After leaving the Modock he purchased an interest in a fish tug. In 1894 he retired from active sailing, and has since devoted himself to mechanical engineering, doing machine shop work and setting up machinery. Mr. Wolf is the inventor of two high speed and compound marine engines for which are claimed many points of merit. One set of valves does duty for both the high and the low pressure cylinders, thus effecting great economy, and also increasing the operating facilities and accessibility, and tending to produce high speed, smoothness of running, durability and strength. These engines are lighter and more compact than the usual forms; they have balanced valves, and rotation parts, and have from twenty to eighty per cent, less port clearance to waste steam than other engines. Mr. Wolf has had a long experience in machine shop practice, and is prepared to build and furnish these engines complete. He is also the inventor of a balance slide valve which removes the pressure from the back of the valve. Another invention is an automatic siphon to be placed in the hull of vessels. It starts automatically as soon as any water appears in the bilge and stops working when all the water is out.

On January 31, 1894, Mr. Wolf was married to Miss Ida I. Sharp, of Cheshire, Mich. They have two children: Aletha Marina and Norman Adelbert.


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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.