The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 4 Aug., 1875

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A VETERAN. - Capt. Wm. Wilde, of Chattanooga, Tenn., was present at the Tug Association meeting, yesterday, and received a hearty congratulation from the old veterans in the business. In 1833 he arrived at this port and shipped as mate on the schooner Marshall Ney. The late E. B. Ward used to go occasionally as supercargo, the vessel being owned by his uncle*. To judge of the arduous duties of that officer it should be stated that the capacity of the craft was nearly 400 barrels of flour, and it was not safe to carry any more. After sailing on the Ney for one season, he, in 1834 accepted the position of mate on the schooner Napoleon, running between here and Ohio ports. She was sunk in the fall of the same year in the ice off Huron, Ohio. In the following year, 1835, he was employed in steamboating on the Mississippi and Tombigbee Rivers, and in the summer shipped on the Globe, a vessel hailing from Portland,and went to Liverpool. He returned in the fall and in the following season was second mate on the old steamer Michigan, running between this port and Buffalo. The same year he built the schooner Edwin Jenny, and sailed her for two or three seasons. She ran between Buffalo and this port, occasionally extending her trips to the Sault. In 1839 he took command of the steamer Romeo, which was at that time employed between this port and Toledo, and after a few months placed her in the route between here and Port Huron. He soon became owner of the vessel, and used her for towing purposes on the Flats exclusively, until he bought the Dispatch, a sidewheeler, and used her for towing through the rivers. He subsequently commanded the Fairport, next the Eagle, and finally the Bay City. For upwards of twenty-two years he was active in the towing business. About the time of the breaking out of the war he built the Racine, plying her on the route between Grand Haven and Racine, Wis., and commanded her until shortly after the close of the rebellion. He then removed to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he at present resides.

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*Sam Ward
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4 Aug., 1875
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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Tribune (Detroit, MI), 4 Aug., 1875