Captain Alexander Craigie
Captain Alexander Craigie is a son of Capt. Alexander and Betsy Craigie, and was born at Goderich, Ont., in 1870. On leaving the public schools, which he attended for several years, with thoughts of the free life of a sailor always present in his mind, he, at the age of seventeen, shipped on the steamer United Empire, as lookout.
In 1889 he went on the schooner Melvina as boy for three months, closing the season on her before the mast. In 1890 he shipped as watchman on the steamer Cambria, and finished the season on the steamer Havana, and during the following year was on the steamer Norman as wheelsman; in 1892 on the steamer J.V. Moran, and on the Australasia as wheelsman, closing the season on the Spokane in the same capacity; in 1893 was on the City of Berlin as wheelsman, afterward being promoted to the berth of mate, an office he held for two seasons; in 1895 he went as mate on the Harrow, out of Cleveland, remaining one year. In the spring of 1896 he entered the employ of E.R. Edson in the fishing business, and was appointed master of the tug Loretta Englesbee, sailing her part of the season, then finishing the season on the steamer German as watchman. He has two issues of first-class license.
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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.