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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Hamilton Cummings

Captain Hamilton Cummings, now living retired at No. 32 Twenty-third avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, spent almost half a century upon the water. He was born on February 16, 1827, in Bangor, County Down, Ireland, and in 1844 first went to sea as an apprentice on the ship Huron, on which vessel he remained for three years. Entering the American service, he sailed between New Orleans and Philadelphia on the Jacob S. Wan for one season, the following year, during the great famine in Ireland, sailing on the brig Flora with a cargo of provisions for the sufferers.

After several years' service upon saltwater Captain Cummings came, in 1850, to Cleveland, and shipped on the schooner William Monteith, of Buffalo. During the seasons of 1852 and 1853 he was mate of the schooner Kosciusko; in 1854 was mate of the schooner Herald, and the following two years served in the same capacity on the schooner Summit, of which he was subsequently master from 1857 until 1861. In the latter year he was drafted for service in the Union Army, but the examining physician refused to accept him on account of an injury he had suffered to his foot, believing him unable to march, and having lost his position on the Summit he spent the remainder of the year as a recruiting officer. In 1862 he was mate of the barque Sherman, the next season sailing the schooner W. W. Arnold, in 1864 the schooner Empire State and the following season becoming master of the schooner Southwest, of which he had charge for four years. For the next seven years he was captain of the schooner Edward Kelley, and in 1880 he took command of the schooner Camden, of which he continued master for twelve years, since which time he has abandoned the water and engaged in business ashore.

In 1853 Captain Cummings married Miss Jane MacNeal, who died ten years later, and four children born to them three died in infancy. William, the eldest, is now a prosperous machinist.


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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.