Robert Craig, of Detroit, Mich., was born in Wyandotte, a few miles below Detroit, in the year 1862, and was reared in his native place. When only ten years old he began sailing on the scow Lizzie Lawson, and he served before the mast on different schooners for about eight years, when he commenced firing on tug boats, being engaged in that capacity on the tugs Old Jack and Miner. In 1882 Mr. Craig secured engineer's papers and went on the tug Quickstep, as chief, remaining on her two years, and then transferring to the steambarge James P. Donaldson, in which he sailed for one year as second engineer. He also served a year as second engineer on the steambarge Glasgow, and then returned to tugging, acting for one year as chief engineer on the John Martin, and then sailing three seasons as chief of the J.W. Westcott. On leaving the Westcott Mr. Craig took the position of chief engineer on the tug C.A. Lorman, which he held for two years, and later he served one season each on the George E. Brockway and the Blazier.
Mr. Craig has resided in Detroit during the greater part of the time he has been on the lakes, and is well known among the marine men of that city. He is married and has five children - Thomas, Robert, Edward, Ida and Annie.
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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.