Among the younger men who have won marked success in the lake marine is William Young, of Cleveland. Mr. Young has been sailing something more than a score of years, and he is to-day chief engineer of the Lockwood Transportation Company, the Lakeland Transportation Company and the Lake Erie Transportation Company.
He was born in the year 1857, in Cleveland, his father being Capt. George Young, a well-known lake navigator of the earlier times. His first sailing experience came when he was fifteen years of age on board the schooner Marquette. He remained with this vessel until she was lost in the fall of 1873 on Grand island, Lake Supe- rior, having gone ashore at Sand Point in a snow storm, while attempting to make the harbor entrance. After this Mr. Young spent several years as fireman on tugs in the Detroit river and at Cleveland, receiving his engineer's license in 1881. He now became second engineer of the passenger steamer Potomac, and of the steambarge Henry Howard, remaining one season in each, and was second of the V. Swain two seasons, of the Raleigh two seasons, and of the Australian one season. Following this he was chief of the David Ballentine one season, of the C. J. Kershaw three seasons, of the V. H. Ketcham three seasons, and of the Geo. W. Roby one season. Since 1890 he has been chief engineer of the lines mentioned, which are controlled by the estate of the late Capt. W. S. Mack, and has had charge of laying them up and of all repairs and alterations to machinery. In 1888 Mr. Young married Miss Louisa Lehr, of Cleveland.
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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.