Elmer E. Hand
Elmer E. Hand, for the season of 1896 engineer of the Erastus Day, was born at Sandusky, Ohio, January 25, 1861, a son of James M. and P. M. Hand, the former of whom was born in New York State in 1822, and the latter in Ohio in 1831. James M. Hand was a seafaring man all his life, and while he was master of the schooner C. C. Griswold she was lost on Lake Superior, November 27, 1872, with all hands.
The subject of this sketch began his seafaring life about the year 1880 as a tug engineer, and has continued in that capacity until the present time. For the season of 1896 he was engineer of the tug Erastus Day, and his experience in marine service has been that of the usual tug engineer. Mr. Hand married Marie A. Connor, of Buffalo, and they reside at Conneaut, Ohio.
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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.