George McMonagle, the subject of this sketch, is one of the most efficient and prominent marine engineers out of the port of Cleveland, and traces his genealogy through a family of sailor men. He is the fourth son of Captain John and Sarah McMonagle, his brothers being Daniel, James, John and Joseph. There was one sister, who died in early girlhood.
Our subject was born in Toledo, Ohio, on the 21st day of July, 1862, where he attended the public schools until he reached the age of seventeen years, after which he went to Cleveland and obtained employment as apprentice with the Globe Iron Works Company, remaining until the spring of 1879, at which time he commenced his career on the lakes. On July 5, 1880, he took out his first papers as engineer, and was appointed second engineer of the tug James Reed, out of Alpena, Mich., holding that berth one season, joining the river tug O. Wilcox the following spring. In the spring of 1882 he was appointed second engineer of the steamer Manistique, closing the season of the Schoolcraft in the same capacity. In 1883 he was appointed second engineer of the steamer C. H. Green, which berth he filled two seasons, and growing steadily in favor, by reason of skill and ability, he was made chief engineer of the same steamer the third year he remained on her.
In the spring of 1886 Mr. McMonagle was appointed chief engineer of the steamer Canisteo, running her one season, transferring in 1887 to the steamer Cayuga, which he engineered as chief until August, 1889, when he joined the City of London, remaining on her eighteen months. In the spring of 1892 he was appointed chief engineer of the steel steamer J. H. Wade, Captain Swartwood, which berth he held for six years. He is what is known in mechanical parlance as a successful engineer, and has always had good results from his machinery. He is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, and of the Order of the Maccabees.
On January 12, 1891, Mr. McMonagle was united in marriage to Miss Mary Garvey, of Cleveland. Three boys, George Harold, William Joseph and John Ralph, have been born to this union. The family residence, which was purchased some time ago, is at No. 89 Dare street, Cleveland, Ohio.
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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.