Captain Anthine Moisan
Perhaps there is no man on the Detroit river who is better acquainted with tugging than the subject of this sketch, who has spent many years of his live in that employment, and who is part owner and master of the tug Marion Teller at the present time. He was born at Montreal, Canada, March 20, 1850, and there lived seventeen years. There, too, he learned the shoemaker's trade and then went to North Dakota, after which he settled in St. Paul, Minn., and worked at his trade four years. He then went to Fort Union, Mont., where he remained one year, after which he came to Detroit, and has since made his residence in that place. His first employment was in the marine work, going on the Sarah Van Epps as wheels- man and remaining part of a season. The following two years were spent on the tugs Parker and Goodnow in the capacity of wheelsman, after which he was given command of the barge Rouge, which he held one season. The next year he went on the Resolute and several other tugs owned by Alexander Ruelle, of Detroit, and spent some time on the tug Oneida. He then came to the employ of Richard Beaubien about 1890 and has since remained, now being a member of the firm of Beaubien & Moisan and half owner in the tug Marion Teller.
On November 1, 1877, he was married to Adelle Bargeron, of Detroit, formerly of St. Croix, Quebec. They have had six children: Omar, deceased; George, attending school; Alice, deceased; Clara, in a convent in Montreal; Anna, at home; and Laura, deceased. They reside at No. 90 Campau street, Detroit, Michigan.
Captain Moisan is the son of Pierre and Sophie (LeMire) Moisan, both natives of the province of Quebec, who are living in Montreal at the present time. He is well-known among marine men in Detroit and vicinity for his jovial nature, and his thorough knowledge of his work.
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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.