Captain Peter J. Girard
Captain Peter J. Girard, who lost his life with the sinking of the Ironton off Presque Isle, in Lake Huron, September 26, 1894, was born in Amherstburg, Canada, October 7, 1854, and commenced his seafaring life at the age of fifteen years, sailing constantly, with the exception of three years, until his death.
Among other vessels on which he saw service were the Escanaba, H.P. Baldwin, Wagstaff and the Mineral State. For five years previous to his death he was master of a vessel. He was an honored member of the Ship Masters Association, and was highly esteemed by his associates in the lake marine.
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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.