David Churcott was born in Algonac, Mich., in the year 1852, and was brought up in his native city. He first went on the lakes as fireman on the Sea Gull, remaining one season, and for twelve seasons following he was on many different boats as fireman. He secured engineer's papers ten years ago at Bay City, Mich., and during his first season as engineer ran the Detroit tug Quickstep. The following three seasons he was chief engineer of the tug Challenge, owned by Beaubien. He was next chief of the tug Dave and Mose for two seasons, and then ran the Marion Teller two seasons for Beaubien. He was then employed by the Breymann Tug and Dredge Company, and ran the Shelby and Dexter that season. During the season of 1896 Mr. Churcott was engineer of the tug Grace A. Ruelle, and also ran the steamyacht Ida M. for a short time.
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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.