Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain John W. Rabshaw
Captain John Radigan
William Ramey
D. B. Ramsey
George Randerson & Son
George Ransier
Eliakim F. Ransom
John S. Ranney
Peter Rasmussen
Captain E. Rathbun
Captain J. E. Rathbun
George H. Rausch
John L. Rawson
G. H. Raymond
The Raymond Family
Captain Alexander Reddick
Captain Moses Redmond
Captain Nicholas Redmond
W. E. Redway
Captain A. H. Reed
Lawrence J. Regan
Frederick Rehbaum
John Reif
Louis Reif
Thomas Reilly
F. J. Reynolds
Captain J. E. Reynolds
Ralph H. Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds
Charles Rice
Daniel F. Rice
Captain Wm. E. Rice
Captain Henry Richardson
Captain James Richardson
Captain Chancey Richardson
Dean Richmond
John D. Riley
Peter Riley
William F. Riley
Captain Samuel Rioux
Captain Ed. Risto
Captain Charles Roach
Captain William Roach
Captain John J. Roberts
Daniel H. Robertson
George W. Robertson
Captain H. W. Robertson
Captain W. J. Robertson
Alexander R. Robinson
Frederick W. Robinson
Robert A. Robinson
Captain Walter Robinson
William J. Robinson
Captain George Robson
Jeremiah O. Rogers
Captain Frank D. Root
Captain Henry Rose
Edwin E. Ross
James Rossan
G. P. Roth
James Rourke
Captain William H. Rowan
Jacob Ryan
Thomas M. Ryan
Captain Dallas Ryder
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John S. Ranney

John S. Ranney is at present acting as engineer of the new Detroit High School, but was formerly closely identified with the lake commerce, as an engineer. He was born at Ogdensburg, N. Y., May 1, 1850, and at the schools of that place received his education.

When nineteen years of age he shipped on the Sheckilma, a tug and freight boat, and acted as assistant engineer two years, having previously served two years to the machinist's trade. He then went on the Sarah Daly, of Ogdensburg, and there acted as chief two seasons, after which he entered the N. T. line, and acted as assistant engineer on the Maine. Upon leaving this boat he came to Buffalo, and put the machinery in the Joseph Mack and ran her one season. After one year on the Lowell as assistant engineer, he acted as chief on the Maine, and the Sparta, the old Granite, and the Empire State, then coming on the Belle Cross and the propeller Glasgow. He then spent five years as chief engineer of the S. C. Baldwin, after which he was on the Governor Smith, the Walter L. Frost, Oregon, Alcona and Aurora, then remaining on shore, acting as assistant engineer of the Edison Light Company. When he returned to the lakes he acted as chief of the Canisteo and Weston, and then in 1895 accepted the position in the High School which he still holds.

On May 17, 1893, he was married to Miss Ida Heinicke, and at the present time resides at No. 352 Chene street.

Mr. Ranney is the son of John S. and Eliza (Loucks) Ranney, and is the only son in a family of seven children. John S. Ranney, the father, was born in Scotland, and spent the geater part of his life in America as a pilot on the St. Lawrence river, dying in 1870. He was survived by his wife, who passed away in 1872.


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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.