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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Captain Shephard H. Currie

Captain Shephard H. Currie, of Detroit, Mich., and the efficient commander of the propeller Gettysburg, was born near Algonac, St. Clair Co., Mich., on New Year's Day, 1840.

His father, Thomas Currie, a harness-maker by trade, was proprietor of a hotel at Algonac for many years, and the Captain received his education in the schools of that town. He began his life on the lakes at the age of seventeen, when he took the position of cook on the Traffic, the first steamer up the Saginaw River.

During the Captain's forty years on the lakes, which have been spent entirely on steamboats, he has never missed a season since he began to sail, and never has to lay off on account of sickness. Beginning his lake career as cook, he was promoted to fireman, then to wheelsman, and finally became a master, his first command being the side-wheeler Dart, on which he remained but a short time. The Captain was in the employ of Alger, Smith & Co. for fifteen years, eleven years of which time he commanded the tug Torrent, and for seven years acted as master of the tug Brockway, in which he owned an interest; he also owned a third-interest in the tug Ballentine.

Captain Currie has invented and secured a patent for sounding lead, which is considered a great improvement over the old one, and those who have used it say it is the only lead to use, and its probable recognition by the United States navy will probably cause it to come into general use. The chief feature of this instrument is the brass top or nose piece which protects the end, and sinks quickly and naturally.

In August, 1866, Captain Currie was married to Miss Catherine M. Russell, of Algonac, Mich., and to this marriage eight children were born to them, six of whom are still living; Samuel Harrison, a member of the police force of Detroit; Alfred Latta, mate with his father; Calvin Carols; Maggie Crane; Arthur Miles, a wheelsman, and Stephen B. Grummond, also a wheelsman. William Russell died at the age of nineteen, and Thomas Franklin when but two weeks old.

Socially, the Captain is a Mason, and belongs to the Ship Masters Association.


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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.