Captain Christopher A. Moore
Captain Christopher A. Moore, although a young man, has acquired a high reputation as a master of tugs. He is a son of Captain Richard and Philopene (Roberts) Moore, and was born in Port Huron, Mich., January 10, 1866. His father was born in Mount Clemens, Mich., and followed the lakes many years, the Ruby and car ferry Saginaw being among his boats. He was also a long time in the employ of the Port Huron and Sarnia Ferry Company. His mother was a native of Ottawa, Ont. His grandfathers were John Moore and Nelson Roberts, the latter a prominent lumberman of Port Huron, Mich.
After acquiring a liberal education in the public schools of Port Huron, Captain Moore shipped in the steamer Belle P. Cross, as watchman, and the next spring in the steamer Ira Chaffee, closing the season as wheelsman on the tug I. U. Masters. In 1885 he shipped as wheelsman in the steamer Fred McBrier, followed by a season in the steamer Nipigon in the same capacity. In the spring of 1887 he joined the steamer Frank W. Wheeler as wheelsman, holding that berth two seasons. In 1889 he entered the employ of the American Transportation Company at Fairport, as lineman in the new tug Annie. The next season he took out a pilot's license, and was appointed master of the tug Dickson, closing the season in the tug Charles Henry, operating out of Cleveland harbor, holding that position until the fall of 1891. The following spring he shipped as wheelsman in the steamer Alexander Nimick, and in 1893 joined the steamer John Harper as wheelsman, retaining that berth two seasons. In the spring of 1895 the Captain again entered the employ of the American Transportation Company as master of the tug George R. Paige, and has sailed her four successive seasons up to this writing.
On December 26, 1894, Captain Moore was united in marriage to Miss Emma Bird, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Bird, of Port Huron, Mich. The only child that has blessed this union is Christopher Albert Moore. The family residence is in Fairport, 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.