Captain J. Dunn
Captain J. Dunn, a retired lake master living at No. 7 Cemetery street, Cleveland, Ohio, was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1821, and came to the United States with the rest of the family, locating in Cleveland, in 1834. The father being a stone mason Joseph was apprenticed to that trade, but at the age of sixteen he commenced sailing as cabin boy on a lake vessel, and was rapidly promoted until he became master, commanding a number of vessels well known in the early days. He retired from the water in 1830 and has since spent his time on shore.
In 1847 Captain Dunn was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth A. Downs, of Cleveland, and they have two sons -- Theodore Joseph and Albert James. During the early part of the Civil war, the Captain was a member of Company A. Cleveland Light Artillery and during his service had a finger short[sic] off and was otherwise injured. He belongs to Memorial Post, G.A.R.
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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.