Owen McCabe was born on Sixteenth street, in Detroit, in 1876, and has concluded to follow the footsteps of his father, P.B. McCabe and became a marine engineer. He was educated in the schools of Detroit, and at the age of sixteen shipped on the Volunteer, as oiler under his father as engineer. Wishing to have his early experience varied, so as to pick up as many ideas as possible, he accepted a position in the engine room of the Andaste in 1894, and again in 1895; he then shipped on the Zenith City, but after two months was taken ill and remained off the lakes the balance of that season.
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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.