James Law was born in Cleveland, in 1864, his father being Capt. Samuel Law, a well-known lake navigator. He first sailed at the age of thirteen years as fireman on the tug Shoo Fly, afterward serving on the tugs Sanborn, Fannie Tuttle, James Amadeus, John Gregory and S. S. Stone, and then going to Chicago, where he remained four years, employed on the tugs Butler, Mary McLean, Mike Shields, Laurina, Gardner and Charlemagne Tower. Returning to Cleveland he was engaged as engineer on the tugs Charles Henry, Curtiss, Amadeus, L. P. Smith and Dennis Crowley; as second engineer of the steamer Lora; and as chief of the rivertug John Martin, the John E. Hale, and the Erie tugs Jose and Norma. He spent two seasons on the two Erie tugs, and in 1896 held chief engineer's berth on the tug Red Cloud, of Ashtabula, and the Norma.
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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.