Frank R. Johnson
Frank R. Johnson, engineer of the steamyacht Titania. From his boyhood to the present time the subject of this brief notice has been actively identified with marine interests at the eastern extremity of the Great Lakes. He was born at the foot of Breckenridge street, Buffalo, October 14, 1856, and received what schooling he obtained in the public schools of his native city.
In 1875 Mr. Johnson engaged as deckhand for the Buffalo & Grand Island Ferry Co., on the Niagara river, and two years later became engineer of the tug Eagle, acting in that capacity until 1879. He then accepted the position of engineer on the tug Bruce, and in 1881 shipped as engineer on the tug Maud S., of Buffalo harbor. In 1882 he was appointed engineer of the private yacht Lorelei, running from Buffalo to the Oakfield Club House, on Grand Island, and continued thus for two years, in 1884 accepting the position of engineer on Myron P. Bush's steamer Idle Hour, running from Buffalo to the St. Lawrence river. The following year he became engineer of S. S. Jewett's private steamyacht Titania, which position he has filled with ability for some twelve or more years.
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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.