Captain H. J. Hagan
Captain H.J. Hagan is the son of a farmer living near St. Catharines, Ontario, and was born in 1855. He attended the schools of his native place during his early years, later going to Toronto, where he began a collegiate course. During one of his vacations Captain Hagan accompanied his brother Michael for a trip on the lakes, the latter being mate on the schooner Lucinda Van Valkenberg and after a short experience in sailing, his inclinations turned from school and he decided to cast his lot with the mariners of the Great Lakes. He shipped first on the brig Helfenstein, and subsequently served in different capacities on several boats, until 1876, when he was given command of the James R. Benson. After leaving the Benson, he acted as mate on the Hall, and then commanded several schooners, among which was the Wilcox. In 1890 he began tugging, and since that time he has commanded the tugs Carlton, Balize, and Majestic, of which he is master and a part owner at the present time.
Captain Hagan is unmarried and resides with his sister in Detroit, where he has lived since he began to sail regularly. His marine career has been a fortunate one, as he has never suffered shipwreck, collision nor any accident of a serious nature. He is one of the well-known tugmen of the Detroit river.
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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.