Richard Mahoney, who throughout the greater part of his active business life has been identified with the lake marine, was born July 22, 1859, in Hamilton, Ont., where he lived until about 1876, when he removed to Detroit, there continuing to make his home until 1895. He now lives in Buffalo, N.Y. His father, Dennis Mahoney, still resides in Detroit, where he is engaged in business.
On leaving school at the age of fourteen, Richard Mahoney entered the Grand Trunk railroad shops at Hamilton, Ontario, where he remained some time, and was then employed in the Hinch Cliff Iron Works, of the same place; later he spent several winters in the Detroit Dry Dock Engine Works. In the spring, when he was nineteen years of age, he began his marine career on the tugs in the Detroit river in the employ of S.A. Murphy, of Detroit, and was then chief engineer on the D.C. Whitney for six seasons, after which he served in the same capacity on the B.W. Blanchard for two seasons. The next season he spent on the Minneapolis, and the same length of time as chief on the John Pridgeon and the A.A. Parker, in the employ of A.A. Parker, of Detroit. The early part of the season of 1896 he spent on the Cuba, but after October of that year he was chief engineer on the Maurice B. Grover until October 8, 1897, when he was appointed chief of the Servia, and acted as chief until April 27, 1898, when she burned on Lake Superior. On June 8 was appointed chief of the Arizona, which position he still holds.
Mr. Mahoney has been very fortunate as to shipwrecks and accidents, never having experienced any serious trouble of that nature. While on the Kate Moffat on Lake Huron, however, the boat was burned, but the crew found means of escape in the small boats, landing without much difficulty on Presque Isle. Mr. Mahoney is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 3, of Detroit, Michigan.
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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.