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 C. H. Woodford

Captain C.H. Woodford is a son of Homer H. and Rosetta M. Woodford, who were at one time residents of Kelley's Island, Lake Erie, Ohio, and afterward lived on Catawba Island. The Captain was born on Kelley's Island in 1861, and attended the public schools until his nineteenth year, the last three years only during the winter season. He commenced sailing summers when he was seventeen years old as cook on the schooner Gilmore, going before the mast the last two months of the season. He then shipped on the scow S. B. Conklin before the mast for a season, and advancing rapidly was in 1880 appointed mate of the schooner H. D. Root. In 1881 he shipped as seaman on the schooners Theodore Voges, C. H. Johnson and J. F. Card, in turn, and the following season on the schooners Fayette Brown, Niagara and City of Green Bay. In the spring of 1883 he was appointed second mate of the Fayette Brown and remained in that position two years. In 1885 he became mate of the passenger steamer Louise, but finished that season as master of the tug Mystic. In 1886 he sailed the tug Bennett, on which he also commenced the following season, closing same on the tug Buffalo, which he continued to sail throughout 1888. The next spring he was appointed master of the steambarge Lowell, but closed the season in the same capacity on the Welcome. His next command was the schooner D. K. Clint, from which he again transferred to the Welcome, closing the season as her master, and resuming that command the following season, remaining on the Welcome until the close of navigation. In 1893 he sailed the tug Harris; in 1894 the steam barge Leland; in 1895 the steam barge Desmond; and in 1896 the steamer Argonaut, laying her up at Marysville at the close of navigation.

Captain Woodford was married in 1885, to Miss Elva Tulison, of North Bass Island, Lake Erie, and they have two children: Roy Fayette and Ruth Genevrea. Socially he is an Odd Fellow and a member of the Ship Masters Association, carrying Pennant No. 761.


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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.