Andrew Mackie, the present chief engineer of the Buffalo Wall Plaster Company, on Breckenridge street, Buffalo, is a sturdy Scotchman, having been born at Wigtown, Scotland, March 22, 1847. His father, Peter Mackie, was a miller by trade. Andrew was educated in his native town, and also learned his trade in the mother country. Before coming to America, in 1877, he was engineer for several years in British steamers, trading to Panama, Valparaiso and other ports from England, and was nine years continuously in the employ of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
Upon reaching this country Mr. Mackie began work as oiler at the collieries belonging to the Reading railroad out of Philadelphia, and for about four years shipped out of New York as engineer, when he moved to Buffalo. In 1885 he shipped as second assistant engineer on the steamer Susquehanna, remaining on her two seasons, and the following year he was second engineer on the Scranton, and for three-fourths of the season of 1888 he was second engineer on the North Wave. Following that employment he was assistant engineer of the American Glucose Company until the works were burned in April, 1894. On July 6, following, he was made chief engineer of the Buffalo Wall Plaster Company, in which position he has since continued.
Mr. Mackie was married January 22, 1866, to Maggie Black, who was also born in Scotland, and they have six children, viz: John, now a shipwright in Scotland; William, who is employed as machinist at the Pitts Agricultural Works; Peter, employed at the Bicycle Ball Bearing Works at Buffalo; and Maggie, Agnes and Grace.
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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.