A. J. Millett
A.J. Millett, of Cleveland, Ohio, chief engineer of the steamer Nahant during the season of 1896, was born at Saginaw, Mich., July 24, 1859, the son of Frank Millett, a well-known stationary and marine engineer. Mr. Millett attended the public schools of Saginaw until he was fifteen years of age, when he took up the work of running a stationary steam engine and followed this occupation for three years, at the end of that time taking the position of fireman on the Michigan Central railroad, which he retained two and one-half years. Then he commenced sailing, being connected first as fireman with the lake tug Nat Stickney, on which craft he remained until the close of the season of 1881. The next year he went out as second engineer of the Stickney, holding this berth for three years, and making many occasional trips in smaller harbor tugs during that time. Then he became second engineer of the propeller Yosemite for one season, following which he was second engineer of the Rube Richard, and served in the same capacity in the Mesaba three seasons. During part of the year of 1895 he was chief in the engine room of the Waverly, the remainder of the season being second engineer in the Matoa. He was chief engineer of the Nahant for the season of 1896 after the close of navigation taking charge of laying up the other vessels in the same fleet.
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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.