Captain David Sidney
Captain David Sidney, of Detroit, Mich., was born in County Down, Ireland, in 1841, and obtained his schooling in his native place. In 1856 he joined the British navy and sailed to India, but not liking the service he left it in Calcutta one year after his enlistment. He was in China for a short time and then crossed the Pacific to the United States, going directly to New Orleans and serving in revenue cutters and pilot boats until Louisiana seceded from the Union. Proceeding to Chicago from New Orleans Captain Sidney has been on the lakes ever since with the exception of the year 1864, when he served in the United States navy, and during his first year he sailed before the mast on the schooner A.G. Morey. Up to 1873 he was second mate of several vessels, principally the Emeu and the brig Mariner. In 1873 he came to Detroit, where he has since resided. During his first season there he was master of the schooner H. A. Richmond, owned by Scott & Brown, and he has since commanded the Emma L. Coyne, Gardner, William Holmes, Cuba, Young America, Iron City, George M. Case, Reuben Down, the yacht Pastime, the steamyacht Countess and the steamyacht Azalea, of which he is still master. Captain Sidney was married in 1881 to Miss Mary Roach, of Oswego, N. Y. who died in April 1896. They had no children.
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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.