Herbert M. Mann
One of the younger generations of lake engineers is Herbert M. Mann, of Detroit, Mich., who was first assistant engineer of the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co.'s passenger steamer City of the Straits, for the past three seasons.
Mr. Mann was born in the year 1865, in Adams, Jefferson Co., N. Y., where his father was a merchant. Before coming to the lakes he served for a year as an apprentice in an engine shop, and for two years in a steamboat jobbing shop, as mechanic several years and as fireman, and later as stationary engineer. Mr. Mann worked afterward for an electric light company, and then went on the lakes as electrician of the D. & C. steamer City of Cleveland. For the next three seasons he was employed as oiler on the same steamer, and for one season was oiler on the Manola, of the Minnesota line. The two following years he was first assistant engineer on the ferry Promise, one of the best boats belonging to the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co. Mr. Mann is a close student of practical mechanical engineering, and is very well acquainted with it in its various departments.
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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.