David Donaldson, youngest son of the late Capt. David Donaldson, was born in Cleveland in 1870. Like all his brothers, with one exception, he joined the lake marine at an early age, and has continued to follow the water. His first sailing was in 1885, when he became fireman of the tug Florence, on which he remained an entire season, after which he found employment on other harbor tugs in Cleveland, serving in turn on the Doan, Bolton, Mary Virginia, Cushing, Alva B. and Gregory; thence going to Fairport, where he was employed on the tugs Anna, Page, Dixon and others.
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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.