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J. L. Gabrian
Captain Anthony G. Gallagher
Captain Alexander P. Gallino
William Galt
Captain Charles B. Galton
Captain Fred D. Galton
John H. Galwey
Hon. George W. Gardner
Captain Thomas Garner
Hiram Garretson
Edward F. W. Gaskin
Frank R. Gebhard
Lawrence G. Gebhard
Captain Nicholas Gebhard
William Geisler
Captain Vincent Gerard
William J. Gervin
A. C. Getchell
A. W. Getchell
George Gibson
Captain James Gibson
John Gibson
Captain Abner G. Gilbert
J. H. Gilbo
Samuel R. Gill
W. C. D. Gillespie
Captain John Gillis
Captain George D. Gillson
Captain Peter J. Girard
Captain Cos. A. Giroux
Captain John R. Glover
Walter Charles Goddard
Captain Samuel Golden
Captain F. A. Goodell
Captain A. E. Goodrich
Charles C. Goodwin
Captain Charles C. Goodwin
William H. Goodwin
F. P. Gordon
Edward J. Gorie
Captain Joseph Gorman
Peter J. Gorman
Harvey D. Goulder
James D. Gow
Edmon A. Graham
Captain John Graham
John H. Graham
R. S. Grant
William Whitney Grant
Captain George L. Graser
Captain Carlton Graves
General John Card Graves
Robert Gray
Alfred A. Green
Andrew J. Green
Captain Frederick W. Green
Captain James H. Green
Captain Joseph M. Green
John William Greene
Alexander Greenhalge
Captain Ben Gregory
J. N. Gregory
Captain Thomas Gregory
John N. Gretzinger
Captain William H. Griffin
George A. Grubb
Captain Stephen B. Grummond
Captain Gabriel Gunderson
Captain Martin A. Gunderson
Captain George Gutcher
Captain William B. Guyles
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John N. Gretzinger

John N. Gretzinger was born at Fairview, Hancock Co., W. Va., January 12, 1868. He attended the public schools of that village until he was fourteen years old. Upon leaving school he went to work in his father's tannery, where he acquired his first knowledge of steam engineering and soon became engineer of the shop, taking care of the boilers and engine, steam pumps, steam heating system, etc., and making his own repairs. He began to study books and mechanical papers on steam and steam engineering, and by diligent study acquired a good general knowledge of the subject. He became more interested in the profession, and was looked upon as a well-posted young man. He had charge of different stationary engines until he was about twenty-one years old, when he entered a machine shop at Wellsville, Ohio, and where he remained until offered a position in Pittsburg, where he served three years in the engineering department of the American Iron and Steel Works. He then got the idea that he would like to have some experience as a marine engineer, and in March, 1893, he asked for a few days' vacation, which was granted. He kept his own counsel, and he set out for the Great Lakes to see if he could not get a position as oiler on board some ship to work himself up to marine engines. Being a perfect stranger to all marine men he considered his chances for such a position very slim, but fortunately he secured a position as oiler on the steamer City of Cleveland. He at once returned to Pittsburg, resigned his position there and made preparations to go on the lakes, accepting a position as oiler on the City of Cleveland, of the D. & C. line, where he remained two seasons, passing the examination and getting government license for marine engineer in February, 1895. Soon after he was promoted to the position of first assistant engineer of the new steamer City of Mackinac, which position he has held for the past four seasons. His entire life, it might be said, since a boy of thirteen years old, has been devoted to steam engineering in one branch or the other. He takes an interest in all matters pertaining to steam engineering, and is a man much devoted to reading and study.

He is a member of several secret societies, among them the M.E.B.A. and the I.O.O.F.


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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.