Robert A. Clark
Robert A. Clark was born at Clayton, N.Y., April 26, 1857, and for the following twenty years resided in that place. He is the son of Charles E. and Jane (Carr) Clark, who died August 12, 1894, and April 4, 1895, respectively.
At the age of fifteen years Robert A. Clark shipped on the Gen. Burnside, out of Clayton, and acted as horse boy one year. The following season he acted as seaman and cook on the Millie Cook and as watchman on the Main, then remaining on shore for four years in the employ of the Utica and Black River Railroad Company. In 1881 he was fireman of the Mayflower, and in 1882-83-84 served in the same capacity on the Belle Cross, S.C. Baldwin, Keystone, Oswegatchie, and Germania. He acted as engineer of the Annie Moiles, and afterwards went on the tug Rumage as chief, and later as second engineer of the D.W. Powers. He left this boat and shipped on the Schoolcraft one season as second engineer. After spending five seasons as chief of the Plowboy, he went in 1895 to the Charlie O. Smith, and during 1896 was employed upon different tugs at Duluth and Detroit, coming to the Lorman, of the Ruelle Company, on Christmas, 1896.
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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.