Mr. Harling was employed in the Baugh Rolling Mills before he went on the lakes, and has since worked there most of the time during the winters. His first sailing experience was in 1887 on the S.C. Baldwin as wheelsman, for three months. In 1888, though but sixteen years old, he fired on the Saginaw Valley under his father, who was chief engineer. She ran from Green Bay to Buffalo and from Kingston to Chicago. He stayed there two years, and in 1890 went as oiler on the steamer F.W. Wheeler, from Duluth to Buffalo. He remained on her two years, and in 1892, being twenty-one years of age, received his papers and went as second engineer of the Forest City. He held that position two years, and then in 1894 he shipped as second engineer of the steamer Tampa, running from Duluth to Buffalo, and remained on her until the close of navigation in 1896.
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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.