Lawrence J. Regan
Lawrence J. Regan has chosen the occupation of marine engineering and he has a bright outlook for the future in that line of work, having thus far commanded the highest respect and confidence of his employers and superiors. He was born May 23, 1869, at Chaffey's Locks, Ontario, and is a son of John and Mary (Hamilton) Regan, natives of Ireland, who had a family of ten children, nine now living: Bridget died April 16, 1894; Rosa is married to Lawrence Joyce, and resides in Canada; Michael and John are farmers in Canada; Marry married Thomas Joyce, a farmer of Canada; Margaret is the widow of Michael Doyle, who was a sailor for years on the St. Lawrence river; Katherine and Anna reside in Rochester; and Theresa still lives with her father in Canada. John Regan survives his wife, who died March 8, 1888, and is living retired on a farm at Chaffey's Locks.
At his native place Lawrence Regan attended school and lived for twenty years, going thence to New York State, where he was engaged for three years on a farm at Cape Vincent; at the end of that time he went to Ashtabula, Ohio, and shipped on the steamer Sparta as fireman, remaining on that boat until September, when he changed to the Cambria as oiler for the remainder of the year. The following spring he proceeded to Cleveland and shipped on the New Orleans as fireman, acting one year in this capacity, and in the winter going to Marine City. The next season he engaged as fireman on the Corsica, and in September went to the P. J. Ralph, from this boat transferring to the Iroquois, in the same capacity. In the spring of 1896 he was given the berth of second engineer on the Romania. Mr. Regan is unmarried.
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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.