Captain A. J. Bain
Captain A.J. Bain was born January 15, 1859, at Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland, the son of John and Mary Ann (Tracy) Bain, who brought him to America when he was five years old. His father was a soldier in the regular service of the British army, and as such came from Glasgow, Scotland, to St. John, Canada, from there removing to Kinston, Ontario, and thence to St. John's Newfoundland; he returned to Kingston, was later in Quebec, and in 1871 settled in Windsor Ontario, where he still resides. The mother, who was a native of Londonderry, Ireland, died December 9, 1871.
Archibald J. Bain began his marine life in 1872 as mess-room boy on the propeller Armenia, running between Montreal and Chicago, remaining on her only a short time, however, as he returned to school in the winter. In the capacity of wheelsman he served during different seasons on the Vulcan, I.U. Masterse, Champion and Ira Chaffee, and with Capt. P. L. Millen acted as second mate on the Ogemaw, Iron King, Iron Duke, Iron Age and Joliet. Later he was mate on the C. H. Starke and the Swallow, after which he entered the employ of the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co., spending three seasons upon the Sappho and Excelsior in the same capacity, and then taking command of the Arthur Jones for about six months. In March, 1896, he came to the Detroit & Walkerville Ferry Co. and has since acted as mate on the Ariel, alternating watches with Captain Huntoon during the summer season.
Captain Bain was married, December 9, 1889, to Miss Susannah Haslip, of Dresden, Ont., and they have had children as follows: Elizabeth Pearl, who is attending school at the present time; Agnes Jessie and Emily Haslip, who are still at home, and Susannah, deceased.
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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.