H.A. Vaughan, for the season of 1897 second engineer of the Schuylkill, is the only son in the family of three children of William W. and Ida (Whitford) Vaughan. He was born May 9, 1873, at Fort Wayne, Ind., where he attended school and assisted on the farm of his parents until eleven years old, at which time the family removed to Washington, Macomb county, Michigan.
Our subject started work, learning the machinist's trade at the Frontier Iron Works, of Detroit, Mich., and after serving his apprenticeship was a journeyman machinist and tool-maker at the shops of John Lauer in Detroit. He began steamboating as oiler on the Marina, of the Minneapolis line, and remained on her in that capacity for six months during the season of 1896 or until she was laid up. For the season of 1897 he shipped as second engineer to J. C. Jordan on the Schuylkill, of the Anchor line. Mr. Vaughan, during his time in the machine shops, helped put engines in a number of steamers, and this experience has proved valuable to such an extent that he is really further advanced than the majority of engineers who have shpped several years longer than he has.
He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 3, of Detroit, and also of Branch No. 82, International Association of Machinists, of which latter organization he is also vice-prsident. He is a single man, and resides at No. 603 Fourteenth avenue, Detroit, Michigan.
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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.