Captain Archibald McEachern
Captain Archibald McEachern, at present mate of the steamer Niko. This well known vessel master was born at Islay, in the Scottish Highlands, in 1843, and in boyhood attended the public-schools of his native town. In 1855 he came with his parents to Buffalo, and began his life as a sailor as cabin boy on a small schooner. From early boyhood until 1868 he served in various capacities on lake craft and then became second mate on the steamboat James Davidson, from that time until 1884 serving as first and second mate of various vessels on the Great Lakes.
In the year last named our subject became captain of the Idaho, of the Western line, plying between Buffalo and Duluth. He was then for two years master of the Vanderbilt, of the same line, and for one season following sailed the City of Glasgow, of Bay City, as master. In 1892 he became master of the American Steel Barge Company's whaleback, for the past two seasons sailed as mate of the steamer Niko, of Chicago, running between Buffalo, Chicago and Milwaukee.
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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.