Malcolm McLachlan, pilot on the City of Detroit, belonging to the Detroit & Cleveland line, is a native of Argyleshire, Scotland, and a son of Archibald McLachlan, a fisherman and sailor of that place, who in 1869 brought his family to the New World and has since made his home in Canada. In tracing the ancestry of our subject we find a sturdy race of seafaring men and fisherman living on the coast of Scotland, and coming down to the present time there are two other members of the family beside himself on the water, his brothers commanding boats of the Detroit & Cleveland line. On his father's fishing boats in Scotland Malcolm McLachlan obtained his rudimentary knowledge of sailing, and soon after coming to America he found employment on the Great Lakes, first as wheelsman on the J. L. Hurd and later on the R. N. Rice, remaining on the latter boat for some time; he was serving as second mate on that vessel when she was burned at Detroit. The following season he accepted a similar position on the City of Detroit, which is now the City of Straits, and during the ten years of his connection with that vessel he rose from second mate to pilot. On the completion of the new City of Detroit, he was made pilot on her and has since acceptably filled that responsible position. Socially, he is a member of the Masonic order.
On January 6, 1885, Mr. McLachlan wedded Miss Margaret Leitch, a young lady of Scotch parentage and Canadian birth, and to them have been born six children - Duncan, Malcolm, Archie, James, Nicol and Mary Bell, all living, with the exception of Archie. The family reside in Detroit, where Mr. McLachlan's marine duties keep him the greater part of the time.
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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.