Peter Riley was during his active life one of the well-known marine engineers on the Great Lakes. He spent many years in the merchant marine, and enlisted in the United States navy during the Civil war, joining the United States steamer Great Western at Chicago, and receiving his discharge from the United States steamer Grosbeak when the war was over. During the latter part of his life he was a locomotive engineer on the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis railroad.
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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.