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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P. Canton

P. Canton, marine engineer, of Detroit, has had many thrilling experiences. His father, Henry Canton, was born in Canada and there lived the greater part of his life, his death occurring in 1892, at Quebec. For many years he was employed as ship carpenter on English vessels.

P. Canton was born July 11, 1858, at Quebec, Canada, at which place he received his education, attending the public schools until 1871, when he entered a machine shop in the same city and served an apprenticeship of three and a half years. On leaving this place he shipped on the Vandolana, a salt-water vessel running to all points of the globe, upon which he remained two years, serving as oiler and third engineer. For the next three years he was second engineer on the Carmona, a vessel of the same line, transferring from her to the Roslyn Castle, a Scotch steamer visiting many of the important ports of Europe, on which, in the capacity of third engineer, he served three years. From her he went to the Palma as chief engineer for two years, at the end of this time leaving salt water and coming to the lakes. His first position was on the Argyle, a Canadian boat owned at St. Catharines, on which he only stayed part of a season, and he then went on the Indian, which was owned at Kingston, Ont., and was engaged in the lumber business. For three years he was employed at Detroit on ferryboats, among them the Hope, Excelsior and Sappho, and for the year and a half following he was on a Detroit river tug, the Crusader, as second engineer. In the succeeding years he was on the Iron Age, New Orleans, John Craig, and Charles W. Wetmore, upon which he went from Duluth to Liverpool, England, and back to America. Returning to the lakes he went on the Sitka, was chief of the Brockway, and in 1896 came to the Mariska as chief, having served the season of 1895 upon the same boat as second engineer.

Mr. Canton was married, January 7, 1884, to Miss Mary Cummings, and they have four children: Wilfred, Ethel, Etta, and Mary. Mr. Canton has been fortunate while on the lakes, never having been connected with any accident of a serious nature. He suffered shipwreck on salt water, however, while on the Bahama, in the Gulf Stream, when twenty-three lives were lost.


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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.