Table of Contents

Title Page
Christian Dahl
Joseph Dale
William H. Dalton
A. J. Davenport
Captain James E. Davidson
John Davidson
Captain Ezra H. Davis
Captain Henry W. Davis
Oscar F. Davis
Captain R.A. Davis
Richard Davis
Oscar F. Davis and William I. Davis
Captain Erastus Day
Captain Joseph Day
Joseph Day, Jr.
Captain George Y. Dayton
A. C. Decatur
Wilson De Hart
Captain Thomas De Largie
Edward Dempsey
William F. Dempsey
Captain John J. Denstaedt
William Dent
Harvey Depuy
E. Detlefs
Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Company, Detroit, Michigan
Captain George L. Dewolf
J. W. Dickinson
Joseph R. Diebold
Henry C. Dilgart
George A. Dingman
Captain William Disher
Captain Lawrence Distel
Captain Henry E. Ditzel
Edward T. Dixon
Captain John Doherty
George H. Dolan
Captain William S. Dolloff
Captain John A. Donahue
Captain Patrick Donahue
David Donaldson
Captain David Donaldson
Grant Donaldson
John Donaldson
Robert Donaldson
William R. Donaldson
James Donnelly
James B. Donnelly
William Doran
Thomas C. Dorey
Captain F. A. Dority
Charles Dovey
Captain David F. Doville
Captain Egbert Doville
Captain Joseph Doville
Captain Henry S. Downer
Captain Rosel Downer
Bernard Doyle
P. H. Doyle
Daniel C. Drackett
John Drackett
Captain Albert B. Drake
Captain James Drake
Charles W. Draper, Sr.
Charles W. Draper, Jr.
Frank Dresbach
John C. Drexler
Captain D. Driscoll
Thomas Drysdale
Captain John Wesley Duddleson
Ed. R. Dungan
Captain James S. Dunham
Captain J. Dunn
Captain John Dunseith
Captain George Lyman Durand
Oliver E. Durrant
Captain Sylvanus Dusenberry
Captain Selah Dustin
Ashley & Dustin
Captain William J. Dwyer
E. Dyble
Patrick Dyer
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Captain David Donaldson

Captain David Donaldson was a lake navigator who passed through the hardships incident to a sailing life forty years ago, and left four sons who followed in his footsteps. He was born in Yorkshire, England, in 1832, and came alone to the United States eight years later. He made his way to Cleveland, and finding employment in the shipyards of that city, in time learned the trade of ship carpenter, which he followed until 1859, when, having amassed a little pile of savings, he went to Fremont, Ohio, and there constructed a schooner which he named N. C. West. Taking the vessel to Cleveland he found an opportunity to sell her before she was fitted out, and so disposed of her and purchased the scow Mona, which he sailed three years, when she went ashore at the piers forming the entrance to Cleveland harbor, where her bones lie to this day. After this he purchased the scow Bailey, and sailed her until shortly before his death, which occurred in 1876.

Captain Donaldson married Miss Kate Faragher, of Cleveland, who was a sister of Capt. William Faragher and a sister-in-law to Captain Mallory, now of the Minnesota Steamship Company's fleet. They had six children: William, deceased; Walter, who developed remarkable propensities for travel and is now in South Africa; Belle, who is the wife of Mr. Randall, of the passenger steamer City of Buffalo; Edward, who is chief engineer of the steamer German; and David, who is second engineer of the passenger steamer State of New York.

After the death of Captain Donaldson, the eldest son, William, who was born in 1860, took his father's place and sailed the Bailey a number of years. Then he sold her and bought the scow Sassacus, which he sailed four years, and after disposing of her he became owner of the schooner Barney Avery, and sailed her until she went ashore and was lost on Point Pelee island in 1886. During this same year, and but a short time after the loss of the Avery, Captain Donaldson returned to his home in Cleveland, and before he had completed arrangement for securing another vessel he died, from the effects of an internal hemorrhage.


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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.