Captain John A. Stewart
Captain John A. Stewart, master and captain of the steamer F. W. Fletcher, with residence at Algonac, St. Clair Co., Mich., is a native of that place, having been born there June 7, 1859. He is a son of Charles and Maria Stewart, the former of whom, a merchant by occupation, was born sixty-six years ago in New York State, the latter in Michigan; the mother died in 1865 at the age of twenty-eight years.
When sixteen years old, our subject commenced sailing on lakes as a deckhand on the steamer Allegheny; was then wheelsman on tugboats for two years, and of the steamers Belle P. Cross and J. P. Donaldson; then wheelsman on the steamers John N. Glidden and E. B. Hale, respectively. After that he was second mate of the steamer Rufus P. Ranney one year; captain of the barge Lady Franklin three and one-half years; captain of the steambarge Westford one-half year; mate of the steambarge Garden City three years; master of the steambarge O. O. Carpenter three years; of the steamer Norseman some eighteen months, and is now serving his third season as master and captain of the steamer F. W. Fletcher.
In 1885, at Algonac, Michigan, Captain Stewart was married to Miss Addie Higgins, daughter of Rev. T. C. Higgins, of Algonac, and two children have been born to them; Annie, now (1898) thirteen years old, and Carl, eight years old at this time. Captain and Mrs. Stewart are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; in politics he is a Democrat. Socially he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I.O.O.F. and the A.O.U.W.
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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.