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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M. Conley

M. Conley has been connected with the Great Lakes for twenty-nine years, being in the employ of one company for twenty-six years of that time. He is chief engineer for the Inter Ocean Transportation Company, of Milwaukee, having in charge the machinery on its entire fleet, and in addition to this is the efficient engineer of the steamer Maryland. It is needless to add that he is one of the most experienced and capable engineers on the lakes.

Mr. Conley was born in the Province of Ontario, Canada, in 1847, the son of John and Margaret (Sheehan) Conley, natives of Ireland, and who became early settlers of Canada. John Conley was a farmer, and followed that occupation in Canada till his death. His widow then came to Chicago, and died in that city. Mr. Conley was educated in Canada, but, in 1860, when a boy of thirteen years, he went to Cleveland and for a number of years was working for the tug lines and doing dock work. In 1869 he began steady sailing, starting from Cleveland on the old passenger steamer Atlantic, engaged in the Lake Superior trade, and the next year, 1870, he came to Chicago and was on the R. Prindiville, owned by Detroit parties.

In 1872 Mr. Conley commenced his long term of service with the Inter Ocean Transportation Company, known at that time as the Lake Michigan Transportation Company. A year later he was appointed chief engineer of the company, and in that capacity he assisted in bringing out all their boats, and in looking after the machinery department, serving as engineer of the steamer Ira H. Owen until 1880, and during that year became engineer of the steamer Minnesota, brought out that same year by this company. In 1881 the Inter Ocean Transportation Company built the Massachusetts and the Merrimac. During this year our subject was engineer of the Massachusetts, she having the Merrimac in tow. The following year the Merrimac was fitted out with machinery, and Mr. Conley was placed in charge of it, and he was engineer of her until the Manhattan came out in 1887, when he assumed charge of the machinery of the new vessel, and remained with her until the Manchester was built, when he was transferred to her as chief engineer. The Maryland, one of the finest steel steamers on the lakes, and engaged in the general freight trade, out from Milwaukee, was likewise indebted to Mr. Conley for the first care of her machinery. He assumed charge of her in 1891, and still continues as her engineer.

Mr. Conley has been a resident of Chicago since 1872. He was married, in 1872, in Canada, to Miss Catherine Collins, a native of Canada. To Mr. and Mrs. Conley have been born four children: John F., Julia, Carrie and Edna. John, the only son, was assistant engineer of the Maryland in 1895, having previously served as oiler on the Maryland and Manitou. He was reared to vessel life, and started for himself when sixteen years of age. In 1896 he was first engineer on the Adella Shores. He is a prominent member of the M. E. B. A., and affiliates with the Chicago Branch No. 4, and in 1898 was elected its corresponding secretary.


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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.

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