William McDonald


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Capt. William McDonald, 80. longtime Alaska Line master mariner, died in Scotland early this spring where he had been living for the past ten years. Born in Scotland. Capt. McDonald sailed out of Seattle for thirty-nine years, serving on the Cordova, the LaTouche, the Northwestern, the Alaska, and the Depere. During World War I, he served aboard U.S. transports in European service and his ships were torpedoed twice. During World War I1 he commanded Alaska Line's Canada Victory which was sunk by a kamikazi off Okinawa. He first joined Alaska Line in 1911, transferring to the U. S. Transport Service in 1914 and returning to Alaska Line in 1920. He retired in 1956. Survivors include his widow Kathryn in Scotland and a sister, Mrs. Murdo McRae of Seattle. Funeral services were in Scotland.� [July1968]

Source: Alaska Sportsman, July 1968

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