Hugh Buchanan is the son of Alexander and Jeanette (McLachlan) Buchanan, natives of Glasgow, Scotland, and was born June 1, 1861, at Mount Forest, Ont., where he attended school for several years, and resided until the spring of 1882, when he came to Detroit, from which city he began his marine life, to which he has ever since given his attention, first going on the tug Balize as fireman, where he served two years, then spending two years on the William A. Moore, in a like position; the following season served in the same capacity on the Tacoma and Northern Light. After spending one season on the Continental as second engineer, he came to the Nebraska and B. W. Blanchard, acting in the same capacity, and the following season found him serving as second engineer on the Roswell P. Flower, transferring from this vessel to the Fayette Brown, on which he remained three years. Upon the Newsboy he next acted as chief engineer for two years, and in 1896 came on to the Ira H. Owen to the position of chief engineer, holding it up to and including the season of 1898.
On January 12, 1893, Mr. Buchanan was married to Miss Anna M. Fox, of Detroit, and they have one child, Hugh L. Buchanan. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the M. E. B. A. No. 3, of Detroit, and the Knights of the Maccabees, Michigan Tent No. 112.
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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.