Captain Thomas J. Carney
Captain Thomas J. Carney, who has been in the employ of J. & T. Charlton, S. B. Grummond and John Pridgeon, all well-known tug owners, is one of the best known men on the Detroit river and adjoining waters. He was born in Amherstburg, Ontario, in the year 1857, and lived there until fourteen years of age, when he entered the employ of a tug company. He obtained a license as mate in the year 1881, and for two seasons served in that capacity on the tug Ballentine, owned by John B. Sullivan, in 1883, becoming captain of the tug Valentine, on which he remained for two seasons. He was on the Crusader three seasons, on the Crusader three seasons[sic], the John Owen two seasons, and has also commanded the Balize and the steambarge Manistique. Captain Carney is in the prime of life, and thus far has an excellent record, having never had any accidents on his boats. He has lived in Detroit ever since he began sailing, and has been an American citizen for the past twenty years. His parents were natives of Ireland.
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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.