The motive power of the crack steamyacht Say When is under the supervision of this gentleman, who has held the position of chief engineer for seven years. He was born in Cleveland in 1868, his father being Matthias Schoeman, who was interested in the cooperage business.
Our subject commenced sailing in 1886, having been employed at the Globe Iron Works for seven years previous to that time and becoming a skilled machinist. He was also employed at the works of the Cleveland Ship Building Company for a time. The first vessel with which he was connected was the propeller Northern Light, in which he served as second assistant engineer. After one season in this vessel he sailed with the steamer George J. Handley one year, and was then second engineer of the steamer Vulcan one season. The next year he became chief engineer of the Say When, which position he has retained up to the present time.
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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.