Joseph Limberger is not in active service on the lakes at the present time, yet he may well be classed among marine men, for he is widely known among the lake engineers and was identified as one of them for many years. He was born March 22, 1847, at Detroit, Mich., and in that place has lived the greater part of his life. His first sailing was done in 1866, when he went on the Henry Howard as deckhand, and after this he was on the City of Port Huron, in 1876 shipping on the River Queen as fireman. He then served in the same capacity on the William A. Moore and the St. Joseph, after which he spent three years on the Winslow as second engineer. He served one year upon the North West as greaser, and the same length of time as second engineer on the Atlantis; after acting in the latter capacity on the St. Paul, H.S. Pickands and George L. Caldwell he entered the employ of the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co. and sailed as chief engneer on the Excelsior, Garland and Fortune. For part of a season he was on the J. Emory Owen, but on account of illness was unable to finish the year and returned to Detroit, since when, with the exeption of one season on the yacht Magna as chief engineer, he has not sailed. In 1893 he accepted the position of chief engineer for the school board of Detroit, in order to be near home, was located in the Lincoln school and has remained there ever since.
On January 7, 1885, Mr. Limberger was married to Miss Ellen Brown, of Windsor, Ontario; their only child, Tillion P., is attending school at the present time. Mr. Limberger is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association and Stationary Engineers Association of 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.