Captain J. J. Quinn
Captain J.J. Quinn, of the steamer Greyhound, is perhaps one of the youngest commanders sailing out of Toronto, on the Oakville run. He was born August 3, 1861, in Toronto, where he received a good education in the public schools. When sixteen years of age he began sailing in the small coasting schooners Brothers and Betsy, and the following season, 1879, he went into the schooner Parthenon, under Capt. Harry Jackman, uncle of Capt. Frank Jackman, of the tug Jubilee. During the seasons of 1881 and 1882 Captain Quinn had charge of the schooner Mary Grover, trading on the lower lakes, and he was afterward captain of the island ferry steamer Arlington, in 1885 taking charge of the steamer Gypsy, which ran to Victoria Park. For the seasons of 1892-93, he went into the steamer C. H. Merritt; in 1894 he was on the Tymon, belonging to the Polson Company, and running out of Toronto to Victoria Park and Lorne Park; in 1895 and 1896 he was first officer on the steamer Greyhound, under Captain Boyd, the government marine marshal, and in 1897 he was promoted to the post of commander of the Greyhound, Captain Boyd having resigned. No accidents have ever happened under his hand. He has always been a careful and studious navigator, and being yet a young man he has every promise of a successful career.
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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.