Thomas Quayle was born in the parish of Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, May 9, 1811. When he was sixteen years of age his parents removed to the United States with other families from the Isle of Man. They selected land in the townships of Newburgh and Warrensville, Cuyahoga county, Ohio, where they made clearings and built log cabins in the forests.
Thomas Quayle had been an apprentice to an English shipbuilder, and shortly after reaching this country he became employed in the shipyards of Cleveland, and being a thorough workman he rapidly advanced. In the year 1847 he formed a partnership with John Cody, the firm continuing for nearly three years, during which time they built a great number of barks, brigs and schooner, which were considered in those days quite large craft, but were very small in comparison of the cargo-carrying vessels of the present. This partnership was dissolved in 1849. Mr. Quayle then entering into partnership with Luther Moses under the firm name of Moses & Quayle. They built the Nile, Milwaukee, Forest Queen, Dunkirk and the schooner Crescent. Then for twenty years Mr. Quayle was in partnership with John Martin, and during this time built a large number of the finest sailing vessels and steamers on the lakes, and it is recorded that in one year this company built thirteen vessels, among others the bark W. T. Graves, at that time the largest cargo carrier on the lakes. In 1873 Mr. Quayle's partner, John Martin, died, and Mr. Quayle then took his two sons, Thomas E. and George L., into business, under the firm name of Thomas Quayle & Sons. It was during the continuance of this company that the stanchest built wooden vessels and steamers were turned out from this yard, among which were the Commodore, then the largest vessel on fresh water, the Buffalo, Chicago, and Milwaukee, for the Western Transit line, and the Delaware and Connestoga, for the Anchor line.
Mr. Quayle retired from business in 1879 after a continuous and active life as a shipbuilder for thirty-two years. His sons continuing the business admitted into the company a third son, William H. Quayle. During his career as a shipbuilder Mr. Quayle was numbered among the most respected citizens of Cleveland, and was honored by being chosen to several civic offices under the municipal government. It was largely due to such men as Mr. Quayle that our country is indebted for its manufacturing enterprises and development. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and of the Oriental Commandery, and was a Scottish Rite Mason of the thirty- second degree.
Mr. Quayle was united in marriage to Miss Eleanor Cannon, of the Isle of Man, to whom were born eleven children, four of whom are now living: George L.; Matilda, the wife of Charles Gill, of Cleveland; Kate, wife of L. H. Malone; and Mary Helen, now Mrs. Barrett. Mrs. Quayle died in 1860, and in 1895 Mr. Quayle passed over to the silent majority in the eighty-fourth year of his life.
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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.