Yes, I too have noted a nautical connection. For instance the 1851 Census says that Mark Whiteway (b.1765) had been a "master mariner".
Thanks for your invitation to discuss the details without monopolising the Forum, but you didn't say how to contact you! Perhaps, like me, you're reluctant to leave your email address all over the Web, which makes it dead simple for spammers to harvest them. So, please drop me a line - kenatwavewrightsdotcom - just replace the "at" and the "dot" with the normal characters.