James Clancey, engineer of the propeller Samuel Mitchell, is a native of Kingston, Ontario, where he was born January 7, 1857, the son of John and Elizabeth (Smith) Clancey; his father was a stock farmer. Mr. Clancey attended school in Kingston and then entered a boiler shop in the same place where he remained three years. In 1874, he secured a position as oiler on the steamer Argyle, becoming second engineer of the same vessel the following season and he subsequently spent a year as engineer on the Port Huron & North Western railroad, at the close of this period, entering the employ of the Detroit & Cleveland Steam Navigation Co., as oiler of the steamer City of Detroit. After one and a half year's service in this vessel he became second engineer of the steamer Everett, remaining on her for four years and rising to the position of chief before he left. Following this he was chief of the William Chisholm three years, brought out the J. H. Wade new and ran her two years, and then in 1892, brought out new the Samuel Mitchell, on which he has been retained ever since. Mr. Clancey has been in the steamboat service on the American side of the lakes for nearly fifteen years, and during that time he has never been out of employment not been compelled to ask for a situation, and the machinery under his care has never had a breakdown outside of port.
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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.