John Heinkelmann, second engineer of the steamer Horace P. Tuttle, is a native of Marine City, Mich., where he was born in 1865, the son of Andrew and Barbara (Lebens) Heinkelmann. His father was a farmer.
Our subject commenced sailing in 1890, as a deck hand on the steamer H. S. Pickands, after seven years' experience as stationary engineer. After this he was fireman on the Colonial in 1891; oiler on the V. H. Ketcham in 1892; on the Andaste and Onoko in 1893, and on the I. W. Nicholas in 1894, and second engineer of the Tuttle, reaching that position in the spring of 1895; during the seasons of 1896-97 he filled a like position on the Yuma, which position he still retains.
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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.