Captain H. McKenzie
Captain H. McKenzie has spent his life on the water since his thirteenth year and is thoroughly competent in all the different departments of marine work. He was born April 19, 1853, at Port Huron, Mich., and lived at that place until he reached his sixth year, when he removed to Detroit. After a short residence in that city he went to Amherstburg, Ontario, where he remained several years. His first experience as a sailor was obtained on the scow Mary, on the Detroit river, in which he shipped as boy, and he afterward acted in the same capacity on the barges Colorado and Mohican, later becoming mate on the Colorado. From this boat he went to the steamer Colin Campbell as second mate, after which he acted as mate of the B.W. Jenness nine years and was in command of her four years. He commanded the J.C. Potts one season and the W.R. Stafford two seasons, and he later entered the employ of the lumber firm of Charles Hebard & Son, operating on Lake Superior, and he has since been in command of the tug Daniel L. Hebard, having held this post nine years.
On December 7, 1877, Captain McKenzie was married to Miss Elmira Sunderland, of Amherst- burg, Ontario, a daughter of Capt. John Sunderland, and sister to Robert H., W.W. and John Sunderland, Jr., all of whom are marine men well-known in this vicinity. Captain and Mrs. McKenzie have had three children: Elmira, Hamilton and Irene. Socially he is a member of the Ship Masters Association, K.O.T.M., K. of P., and I.O.O.F., in Detroit, in which city he resides.
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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.