John J. McCarthy
John J. McCarthy is a son of John and Mary (Tormey) McCarthy, of Gordon, Ont., where the former for the past thirty years has been superintendent of the Stone Works. His brother, Capt. Daniel McCarthy, is master of the steamer State of Michigan, plying between Detroit and Cleveland.
John J. McCarthy was born in Lime Kiln Crossing, Ont., on January 22, 1870, and attended school at that place. When nineteen years old he commenced his steamboating career on river tugs at Detroit, which were owned by an uncle of his, his first berth being as watchman for about six months, after which he wheeled the tug Swain two seasons and the Gladiator one. He then went into the steamer Majestic, wheeling her two seasons, and served a like time in the Schuylkill in the same capacity until, in 1895, he was promoted to second mate's berth on the Susquehanna, which he filled creditably enough during the two seasons of 1895-96 to merit his appointment as first mate of the Codorus under Captain Ryder, for the season of 1897. The Codorus is one of the two remarkably fine boats of the Anchor line, and Mr. McCarthy's five years continuous service and rapid advancement to a first-class boat speak well for his future in marine circles. He is a single man, and makes his home at Detroit, Michigan.
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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.