Captain George Angell
Captain George Angell, who was one of the best known vessel masters on the Great Lakes in the first half of the present century, had a long and honorable sailing career, having spent twenty-eight years on the lakes and twelve years on the ocean, where the earlier portion of his nautical experience was gained. He began sailing at an early age, and was master of several different vessels before he left the ocean, commanding, among other salt-water craft, the Rhode Island. He also sailed on the steamer Cahawba. After coming to the Great Lakes he was master successively of the schooners Chesapeake, Reindeer and Palmyra; the brig Columbia; the steamer Lady Barry (which was originally built for a revenue cutter) and the steamer Thomas Jefferson. On reaching middle age the Captain purchased a farm in Jefferson county, N.Y., to which he retired, remaining there until his death, which occurred in 1877. He was then eighty-four years of age, his birth having occurred in 1793, at Otsego, New York.
Captain Angell married Miss Polly F. Harr, of Attleboro, Mass., and they had two children: Jesse L., who is a farmer at Kalamazoo, Mich.; and William G., a successful marine engineer, who resides in Cleveland.
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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.