Frank Steadley has been engaged in sailing on the Great Lakes for a number of years in the capacity of engineer. He is a single man, and makes his home in Detroit, in which city he was born, on December 9, 1865, and has always lived. He attended school until he reached his seventeenth year and then entering a machine shop served four years as an apprentice to the trade. For one year he served as oiler on the revenue cutter Fessenden and was later on the City of the Straits as electrician for one season, spending the following year on the S.F. Hodge as second engineer; he served two seasons in the same capacity on the tugs Gladiator and Gettysburg. In 1892, Mr. Steadley was appointed second engineer on the Andaste, and the following year was given the position of chief, which he still continues to hold to the entire satisfaction of all concerned. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, No. 3, of Detroit.
John Steadley, father of Frank Steadley, is a native of Germany, and came to America at the age of fourteen years. He has spent the greater part of his life in Detroit, and was steward of many of the old passenger boats, including the Michigan, Illinois and Idlewild, then called the Grace McMillen, continuing for about thirty years in that employment. He married Miss Barbara Smith, of Detroit, who was also a native of Germany. One son, Martin Steadley, has been a marine engineer twelve years, having been on the Satellite, Crusader, A.J. Smith, W.B. Castle, H.L. Worthington, East Saginaw and Peter Smith.
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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.