F. McDonald, son of Donald and Hannah (Doyle) McDonald, was born at Buffalo, March 31, 1871. The family consisted of four brothers and one sister, and all of the sons have risen to responsible and lucrative positions at steamboating, A.J. being a lake captain, and William M. and I.K. mates.
The subject of this sketch, although a young man, has rapidly climbed toward the top rungs on the ladder of his chosen profession, and it certainly is not out of place to predict for him a brilliant future, as one of the lakes' foremost navigators. He began his sailing career as watchman of the schooner Badger State, remaining on her in that capacity all of one season and part of the next, which he finished on the Idaho. The succeeding three seasons he was on the Syracuse and for the season of 1890-91 was wheelsman on the Hudson, and the following season mate of her. For the past four seasons, 1893-94-95-96, he has been mate of the Milwaukee, and also filled that position during the season of 1897 under Captain Folan.
Socially Mr. McDonald is a member of the Buffalo Harbor and Lake Pilots Association, Local Harbor No. 41, of Buffalo, and also of Red Jacket Lodge, of the Royal Arcanum. He resides at No. 326 North Division street, Buffalo, New York.
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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.