John W. Carter
John W. Carter of Detroit, was born in that city July 14, 1873, and there he has lived the greater part of his life. He received his education in the Detroit public schools, and when fourteen years of age entered the Eagle Iron Works, where he served an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade. He subsequently commenced sailing, serving one year each on the Manola, Fessenden, B. S. Kirby and Harvey H. Brown, as oiler, and during the next season he acted as second engineer on the M. M. Drake. In 1896 he served in the same capacity on the Harvey Brown. Mr. Carter is a member of the M. E. B. A., and he is well-known among the members of that body as a young man whose knowledge of marine work has been gained through experience, and whose success in the past is the best of reasons for predicting his success in the future.
Mr. Carter is one of the family of five children born to Richard and Belle (Serle) Carter, the former of whom, a native of Detroit, spent many years of his life as a marine engineer and at the present time is in Chicago, employed by the Chicago Shipbuilding Company. Mrs. Carter, who was born in London, England, died June 14, 1890. Of the family, John W. is the eldest; Andrew E. is a salt-water sailor, now engaged near San Francisco; Richard H. is a sailor on the lakes; Daniel H. and Edward W. are in school in Chicago; Hattie M. was born February 2, 1889, and is attending school in Detroit at the present time.
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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.