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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Captain B. Cole

Captain B. Cole, of Detroit, Mich., was born in Lewiston, N. Y., in the year 1840, and in 1844 was brought by his parents to Detroit, where he has resided ever since. He attended the Detroit public schools for a few years, and went on the lakes when very young, starting as cook on the scow Bertrand. After one season as cook Captain Cole served before the mast on several vessels, among them the brig Virginia and the schooner Die Vernon, and he soon worked his way up to the position of mate, in which capacity he was engaged for two of three seasons. In 1861 he secured his first command, the schooner Howes, owned by John P. Clark, which he sailed for one season, and the next season he took charge of the schooner Poland, sailing her for eight years. Later he sailed the schooner Dolphin two years, and then took command of the Iris, of which he was half-owner, continuing as master of this boat for eight seasons, after which he sailed the schooner India, the Melbourne (owned by D. C. Whitney) and the steambarge Nicolet, one season each; he has also commanded many other well-known vessels. Captain Cole spent three seasons tugging on the Effie L. McKennon, and then sailed the schooner Wayne for D. C. Whitney four seasons. During the season of 1896 he was in command of the passenger steamer Daisy. He has had several adventures on the lakes, having gone ashore twice while sailing before the mast on the brig Virginia, which went ashore near Long Point, Lake Erie, and while before the mast on the Annie Salina, which went ashore while on Lake Michigan. In 1857, while the Captain was sailing on the schooner Die Vernon, about six of those on board were badly frozen, some losing their hands, others their feet, and the ship was given up for lost. They were towed into Chicago by the tug McQuinn, then commanded by Captain Prindiville.

Captain Cole is married, but has no children. He is a member of the Detroit branch of the Ship Masters Association.


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Volume I

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.