Irvine U. Masters
A vessel master who was one of the prominent citizens of Cleveland in his day, and filling the office of mayor of Cleveland at the time of his death, was Irvine U. Masters. He was born in the year 1820 in New York State, and came to Cleveland when young, and entered the shipyards of Luther Moses, where he was a ship carpenter.
About the year 1850 Mr. Masters entered into partnership with Elihu M. Peck, under the firm name of Peck & Masters, for the construction of vessels. This firm constructed a large number of very successful boats, being among the first to build vessels of large burden. Among the vessels built by them were the propellers Artic, Atlantic, Pacific, Fountain City, Evergreen City, Meteor, Pewabic, and the bark Naomi.
Mr. Masters was married about 1847 to Miss Naomi Bronson, of New York, and had a family of five children, none of whom are living: Irvine; Henry B., who died infancy; Harriet A,; Main S. and Willis U. The latter grew to maturity, became engaged in the iron ore and pig iron business; but at the time of his death, September 8, 1898, was incidentally in the manufacture of incandescent gas lamps.
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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.