Myron K. Chamberlin
Myron K. Chamberlin, master of the schooner Marcia, was born in St. Clair, Mich., in 1870, the son of John Chamberlain, a prosperous farmer. His early life was spent in school and on his father's farm, and he commenced sailing in 1889. He was seaman before the mast in the schooner Reindeer, until the steamer Oscar T. Flint came out, when he went as deckhand on her. He finished the season as watchman in the steamer J.C. Gilchrist. He spent the season of 1890 in the Oscar T. Flint and the John M. Nicol, and as wheelsman in the C.W. Elphicke, during 1891, and in 1892 until the W.H. Gilbert came out. In 1893 he held a similar position in the steamer Maruba, and the year following he was second mate on the Maritana. In 1895 he was second mate of the Mariposa, and during 1896 he was appointed master of the steel schooner Marcia, of the Minnesota Steamship Company.
In the fall of 1897 Captain Chamberlain sighted the wreck of the Idaho, off Long Point, and assisted Capt. F. Root and his brave crew in rescuing the two men, the sole survivors of the a crew of twenty-one.
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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.