Ronald McLean, mate of the City of Detroit, was born in Inverness, Scotland, January 1, 1854, the son of a farmer. In 1879 he came to America, but for a number of years afterward he sailed on salt water, during that time visiting ports of Russia and East Indies. He received master's papers for the ocean and was in command of sailing vessels for seven years. In 1887 he went upon the lakes as wheelsman on the Fountain City, of the Lake Superior Transit line, and has been connected with the lake marine service ever since, in 1892 shipping as wheelsman on the City of Detroit of which he has been mate since 1893. He makes his home in Detroit. Mr. McLean's career has been an interesting and changeable one; while serving before the mast he was shipwrecked off the coast of Ireland. He has long been a member of the Masonic Fraternity.
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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.