Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain D. B. Cadotte
Captain Frank J. Cadotte
G. W. Cady
A. J. Cameron
J. A. Cameron
Robert Cameron
Charles C. Campbell
D. Campbell
George Campbell
Captain Neil Campbell
T. H. Candler
P. Canton
Captain John C. Carey
Captain Thomas J. Carney
Captain Charles Carland
Captain William Carlisle
Frank J. Carloss
Edmund J. Carmody
Captain William Carolan
Captain Calvin Carr
Captain Edward Carr
Frank M. Carr
Captain Michael Carr
Charles Carrick
William Carrick
James A. Carroll
Captain James M. Carroll
Captain Alonzo Carter
Andrew Carter
Edward A. Carter
Captain Henry Carter
John W. Carter
Daniel L. Cartwright
Captain Edward Carus
Henry Casey
C. Castle
John Caul
William Cavanagh
Henry Chalk
Captain William Chamberlain
Henry L. Chamberlin
Myron K. Chamberlin
Elmer E. Chapin
James L. Chase
The Chase Machine Company
Captain Cornelius B. Chatterton
Captain Robert Chestnut
Robert Chestnut Jr.
Captain Willis E. Chilson
Daniel W. Chipman
Daniel W. Chipman, Jr.
David Churcott
J. H. M. Claggett
James Clancey
William Clancy
Captain Alexander Clark
John Pearson Clark
Robert A. Clark
Captain George H. Clarke
John C. Clarke
Captain W. E. Clarke
Captain Andrew Clausen
Captain Charles R. Cleveland
Captain David Mitchell Cochrane
Captain John W. Cochrane
William Cocklin
Fabian B. Cody
Captain U. S. Cody
Henry D. Coffinberry
Captain B. Cole
Captain Luman P. Cole
Captain W. A. Collier
George Alfred Collinge
Captain George Collins
Jeremiah Collins
Simon J. Collins
Captain Thomas Collins
William Collins
Captain W. E. Comer
Captain Edward Comerford
Captain John Condon
M. Conley
Samuel P. Conkling
Captain John Connor
Joseph B. Conard
Daniel Conway
J. J. Conway
Captain Robert Cooney
Frank Coons
Captain Joseph Corcoran
Captain James Corrigan
Captain John Corrigan
James Cotter
Captain William Cotter
Captain John Coulter
James H. Countryman
Charles Coushaine
George M. Cowan
William Cowan
John Beswick Cowle
Theodore E. Cowles
John Cowley
Robert Craig
Robert Craig
Captain Alexander Craigie
Captain Daniel P. Craine
Captain Elmer W. Craine
Captain S. Crangle
George Crawford
N. L. Crawford
S. S. Creadon
Captain Joseph Criqui
John M. Cronenweth
Jasper N. Crosby
John L. Crosthwaite
William Crosthwaite
William H. Crowley
Edward C. Cullen
Thomas J. Cullen
William F. Cullen
Captain Hamilton Cummings
George E. Cunningham
W. J. Cunningham
Captain Shephard H. Currie
William H. Curtis
Clarence E. Curtiss
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Robert Cameron

Robert Cameron has sailed out of Port Huron many years as a marine engineer, and is well qualified for the responsible position which he holds, as chief engineer of the fleet owned by A. Comstock. He is the son of Donald and Margaret Cameron, both of whom were born in Scotland. They removed to America early in the forties, locating at Dorchester, Ont., where Robert was born on February 28, 1851. Soon after this event they came to the United States, settling in North township, Sanilac Co., Mich. The father died while Robert was very young, and the children were left to the care of their mother, who passed to the better world June 2, 1882. James is second engineer of the passenger steamer City of Detroit and John L. is second in the City of Alpena.

Robert Cameron improved the opportunities he had for an education, after which he entered the employ of the Freeling Lumber Company in their sawmill, and also in the sawmill of Jerry Hall, both being in the Saginaw Valley. Six years passed in this occupation, and he then returned home and went to work in Philo McIntyre's flouring mill in North township, Sanilac County, where as engineer of a stationary engine he remained about eighteen months, when the mill was destroyed by fire. He then went to Port Huron, and engaged in booming logs for Daniel Runnels. In 1877 and 1878 he ran an engine for a pile driver in Port Huron.

In the spring of 1879 Mr.Cameron took out engineer's license, and shipped as second in the Buckeye State. The next spring he entered the employ of the Port Huron & Sarnia Ferry Co., as chief engineer of the Wesley Hawkins, holding that berth until the winter of 1882, when he transferred to the James L. Beckwith, running her during the winter. The next season he joined the steamer city of Concord, as chief, remaining in her the next two seasons, until she went ashore at Sand Beach, the year that the piers at the harbor of refuge went to pieces. In 1888 he purchased an interest in the tug Mystic, and engineered her until the close of navigation, when he sold out his interest, the next spring again going as chief of the steamer City of Concord, and running her two seasons. In the spring of 1892 he was appointed chief of the steamer Kittie M. Forbes, and was in her until August, 1894. He closed that season as chief of the Porter Chamberlain, taking the same berth the next spring. On one trip she sprang a leak and waterlogged between Ashtabula and Cleveland, and notwithstanding that one of the fires was put out by the water, he stuck to the engine until he ran her into Cuyahoga River at Cleveland, when she settled on the bottom. In 1897 he again entered the employ of A.W. Comstock, as chief engineer of the Simon Langall, laying her up at Chicago at the close of navigation, and assuming charge of her machinery in 1898. During the winter months he looks after repairs of the other steamers of the fleet.

He is Master Mason of Port Huron Lodge No. 58, a Knight of the Maccabees, and a member of the order of Woodmen.

Mr. Cameron was united by marriage on March 8, 1882, to Miss Elizabeth Brownlee, of Port Huron, a daughter of Capt. William Brownlee, who commanded vessels on ocean and lake for many years, and visited all parts of the world. Mr. Cameron has three children: Bessie O., Gertrude A., and Marion B. The family homestead is at No. 1103 St. Clair Street, Port Huron, Mich.


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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.