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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Elmer E. Chapin

Elmer E. Chapin was born September 27, 1860, at East Otto, Montgomery Co., N.Y., and received his education in the common schools of Buffalo, to which city his parents removed soon after his birth. He is the son of Rev. Lucius, a minister in the Methodist Church and Sophia Chapin, who were American born, and in the early days were known as "Down East Yankees," both being born in the State of Vermont, and on the father's side the family is descended from Ethan Allen. Rev. Lucius Chapin was a minister in the Methodist Church.

The first experience of our subject in connection with the lakes was, though nothing but a school boy, in the capacity of a deck hand or line man on the tug Newsboy, of Buffalo harbor. After leaving this employ he spent two years in the machine shops, learning the trade of machinist, which he subsequently followed. His first boat was the tug Iron Bridge; then the Newsboy for two or three seasons. His next employment was as chief engineer in the tug Fulton, where he remained one season, and then returned to the Newsboy in the same capacity, remaining in her until she was remodeled and her name changed to the Leo Lennox. The next service he engaged in was with the New York Central Railroad Company, on its Western division, for which company he acted as fireman eleven years and engineer two years, and then, in June 1891, he came to his present position, that of chief engineer of the Exchange Elevator. Mr. Chapin was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen for eight or nine years, and for eight or nine has a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association; for the past two years has been a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

Mr. Chapin was granted a license as engineer at the age of eighteen years, and was one of the youngest engineers in the harbor.

On July 1, 1885, Mr. Chapin was married to Nelly C. Kirkland, daughter of Gilbert C. Kirkland, formerly of Rochester, N.Y. To this union have come children as follows: Harry E., Jennie (deceased) and Gilbert.


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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.