Simon J. Collins
Simon J. Collins, head carpenter for the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co., has been a shipbuilder since a very early date in his career. He is a son of the late Thomas Collins, who was a pioneer navigator of the St. Lawrence river; he commenced sailing in 1868, when he was but fourteen years of age. He was mate with his father on the steamer Island Belle for three years. He was also at an early period mate of little hookers on the St. Lawrence river. Then he began sailing on lake vessels, being connected at various times with the Republic, Adirondack, Valetta, Volunteer, Billow, T.S. Faxon, S.P. Ely, Walter Oades and others. For the last three years he has been head carpenter for the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Company.
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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.