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 John H. Wysoon

Captain John H. Wysoon, one of the prominent steamboat masters sailing out of the port of Cleveland, is a typical mariner, and one who has lived to be over forty-five years of age without gaining the luxury of a personal enemy. He is a son of Martin S. and Martha (Hopkins) Wysoon, and was born in Buffalo, N. Y., September 29, 1852. His father was sailor and master of sailing vessels for a number of years, and he had four brothers, James, Henry, Cyrenus and Peter, all of whom were lake masters.

After attending the public schools in Buffalo for some years, John H. Wysoon gave way to the hereditary tendency of his family, and being a well-grown youth he shipped, in the spring of 1863, as porter on the propeller Hunter, but finished the season in the same capacity on the propeller Buffalo, where he remained until 1864. He then enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifteenth N.Y.V.I., serving until the close of the war. His regiment was under the command of Generals Terry and Schofield, and was with the former on his expedition for the capture of Fort Fisher. The Captain was in all other engagements in which his regiment participated during his term of service. He was at Raleigh at the time President Lincoln was assass- inated. He was honorably discharged in August 1865, and after returning home made two trips during the fall on the old propeller Saginaw, as lookout. In the spring of 1866 Captain Wysoon entered the employ of George R. Hand as lineman on the tug George W. Gardner, finishing that season on the tug J. C. Harrison, to which he returned the following season, serving in various capacities. In the spring of 1868 he was appointed captain of the J. C. Harrison, and sailed her two seasons. In 1870 he was made master of the tug George W. Gardner, and in 1871 of the tug Compound, on which he remained until May 10, 1872, when she blew up, causing the death of the cook and a deckhand. He was then transferred to the tug C. W. Jones, as master, continuing on her until fall, when he took the George W. Gardner as the winter boat.

In 1873 Captain Wysoon entered the employ of Thomas Maytham, as master of the tug George R. Maytham, remaining on her until June, 1874, when she was sold. He finished that season on the tug Orient. He opened the season of 1875 on the Frank Perew, on which he served until June, finishing on the propeller Empire State, of the Western line. In 1876 he was appointed master of the tug Maytham; 1877, of the tug Siskiwitt; 1878, of the tug Orient; 1879, of the tug Knowlton; 1880, of the tug Maytham; 1881, of the tug O. W. Cheney, which he bought out new and sailed until he came to Cleveland and entered the employ of Capt. Alva Bradley. He took command of the tug Forest City, sailing her until August, 1888, when he was appointed master of the schooner Alva Bradley, from which he was transferred the middle of the following season to the command of the steamer Superior. In 1890 he sailed the Superior; in 1891-92 the steamer Henry Chisholm; in 1893 the steamer R.P. Ranney; in 1894 the Henry Chisholm; in the spring of 1895 he brought out the steamer Gladstone, but finished the season on the Alva, remaining on her during the seasons of 1896-97. The Alva is the finest boat in the Bradley fleet, and as Captain Wysoon has steadily advanced from the birth[sic] of master of a tug to that of master of the Alva, after sixteen years in the one employ, he may be judged to be a most capable steamboatman, and one who has deservedly won the confidence and esteem of the management. He has received his twenty-fifth issue of license as steamboat master, and might with truth be called a jolly tar, in the literal meaning of the term.

In 1889 the Thirtieth ward of Cleveland, in which Captain Wysoon lived, honored him by electing him a member of the city council, and it is a pleasure to say that he discharged the duties of his office with honor to himself and profit to his constituents.

In 1878 Captain Wysoon was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Walden, of Mount Forest, Canada. The family homestead is at No. 18 Mather street, Cleveland, where the Captain has recently completed a new residence. Fraternally, he is a member of the Elks, the Knights of the Maccabees, and the Ship Masters Association, carrying Pennant No. 248.


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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.