Captain Stephen Lampoh
One of the most successful vessel masters who ever sailed on the Great Lakes was Capt. Stephen Lampoh, whose death occurred in 1884. Of his sailing career, twenty-six years were spent on vessels of the Bradley fleet and it is related that he never lost a boat or had a mishap of any consequence. His sailing began almost from boyhood, and he successively filled every position, from cook to master. His first command was the schooner C.J. Roeder, following this as commander of the schooners Escanaba, Negaunee, Ahira Cobb and Alva Bradley, and the steamers Superior, Selah Chamberlin, and Henry Chisholm. He was a sailor to the last, his death occurring on board the Chisholm as she was entering the Cleveland harbor, to put him ashore for medical assistance, he having been taken ill a short time previous.
Captain Lampoh was a native of Brownhelm, Ohio, and was about fifty years of age at the time of his demise. He married Elizabeth Johnson, their children being: Mary, now the wife of Mr. W. Sanderson, of Strongsville; Kittie, now the wife of John Jones, an electrician of Cleveland; and Joseph, now a well-known lake captain.
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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.