John G. Winter
John G. Winter was born October 11, 1844, at Chatham, Ont., the son of William Winter, a merchant of that place. He attended the public schools of his native town up to his sixteenth year when he came to the United States and settled at Detroit, Mich., there serving three years at the machinists's trade. He then went to New York City, where he was employed in a marine engine shop one and a half years, in 1870 returning to Detroit, at which place he made his home until 1890. Mr. Winter is now a resident of Cleveland. In 1863 he went as assistant engineer on the Quinabog, running between New York City and Georgetown, and after serving on this boat for half a season he transferred to the Nightingale, as greaser. In 1870 he came to the lakes as chief on the Canadian boats City of Montreal, J. W. Steinbold and City of Chatham, and later engaged for three years on the Detroit ferryboats, Excelsior, Fortune and Crusader. Leaving the water for a time he was engaged in the lumber business in Northern Michigan, but he returned to his old occupation and shipped on the Northern King, subsequently serving on the E. P. Wilbur and the German, and in 1896 on the George Farwell. Mr. Winter is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He is unmarried.
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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.