Frank Seiler first saw the light July 26, 1868, at New Baltimore, Mich., and he is the son of John and Agnes (Johr) Seiler. He has three brothers, George (also a sailor), Rudolph and William, and one sister, Nellie.
In 1884 Mr. Seiler came to Detroit and entered the shops of the Enterprise Machine Company, where he thoroughly learned his trade. In 1892 he went on the lakes as oiler on the steamer George W. Roby, the following year transferring to the Frank L. Vance, on which he served in the same position. In 1894 he was promoted to second engineer of the Vance; in 1895 he accepted the berth of second engineer on the C. F. Bielman. For the season of 1896 he served on the S. R. Kirby as second, and he began the season of 1897 in that capacity on the steamer Crescent City, running from Buffalo to Duluth. Mr. Seiler is an enthusiastic member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, and of East End Tent, K. O. T. M., Detroit.
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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.