James Falconer, of Cleveland, Ohio, the chief engineer of the propeller A. A. Parker during the seasons 1895 and 1896, has been a lake engineer for twenty years. Mr. Falconer was born in Huron county, Mich., in 1852, the son of Robert Falconer, a farmer. His first sailing was in 1876, when he served in the capacity of fireman on the tug Home, at the harbor of refuge, Sand Beach, Mich., previous to which he had been employed two years as stationary engineer. Then he became second engineer of the steambarge Porter Chamberlain for one season, and of the Anna Smith for three seasons, following which he was chief of the last named vessel for four seasons, of the Minneapolis two seasons, and of the John Odes four seasons. The next year he spent ashore, engaged in the grocery business in Cleveland, after which he took charge of the engine room of the Parker. He has been in the employ of A. A. Parker, of Detroit, for sixteen years.
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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.