Captain Thomas Edward Quayle
Captain Thomas Edward Quayle (deceased) was the eldest son of Thomas and Eleanor (Cannon) Quayle. He was born at Newburg, Ohio, in 1836, and received his education in the public schools, after graduation going to work in his father's shipyard. In 1858, the year so many lake vessels crossed the ocean, he sailed for England as supercargo on the bark D. C. Pierce, built by his father. She was loaded with oak staves and was one of a large fleet of lake vessels consigned to ports in England. The venture proved fairly profitable, and after attaining to the command of the vessel Captain Quayle made several trips up the Mediterranean, through the Dardanelles, into the Black sea, and up the river Danube in the grain trade. In 1861, about the time of the breaking out of the Civil war, he sailed from Cuba as master of the bark D. C. Pierce, with a cargo of sugar consigned to England, but encountered terrific storms his boat was dismantled and he was obliged to put in at Norfolk, Va., for repairs, as she was so worm-eaten as to be almost unseaworthy. At this time Capt. Charles Gale, a pioneer lake master and a navigator who had made voyages to English and Continental ports, joined Mr. Quayle at Norfolk to assist by his experience in rehabilitating the bark, taking his daughter Anna with him. This was a romantic episode in the life of Miss Anna, and she became the wife of Mr. Quayle at the close of the war.
After spending about $4,000 for repairs on the D. C. Pierce she was released from dry dock and ready to sail, when Fort Sumter was fired upon and the war of the Rebellion opened in earnest. Before the bark could clear a force of Confederates boarded and scuttled her, and Capts. Thomas Quayle and Charles Gale, together with the crew, were arrested and confined in the courthouse on the charge of being Northern sympathizers. Through the influence of friends Captain Gale was released, and some days later Captain Quayle and his ship's company succeeded in making their escape and went on board the frigate Minnesota, which was then lying at anchor in Hampton Roads. All enlisted, and the Captain was assigned to the gunboat Whitehead, in the capacity of master's mate, where he served until the close of the war. The Whitehead was one of the blockading fleet and in service for the most part on the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. At the close of the war Captain Quayle returned to Cleveland and employed himself as manager of his father's shipyard, until 1873, when John Martin, of the shipbuilding firm of Quayle & Martin, died. His father then re-organized the company by taking into partnership two of his sons, Thomas E. and George L., the firm name being Thomas Quayle & Sons until 1879, when the father retired from active business, thus making room for another son, William H. The firm then adopted the style of Thomas Quayles Sons, which continued in force until 1890, when work was discontinued at the shipyard and Thomas E. Quayle retired from active business.
Captain Quayle was a Royal Arch Mason and high priest of Thatcher Chapter at the time of his death, which occurred August 15, 1896. In his business life he was honorable and upright in all dealings, and in the shipyard he exhibited many of the qualifications of a good general, securing from the men in his employ ready and willing support and general good-will. Socially he was most genial and true, and highly honored by all who knew him. He was a devoted husband and kind, indulgent father. At the time of his death the following lines were presented to Thatcher Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, by his wife:
On July 20, 1865, Captain Quayle was united in marriage to Miss Anna Gale, the talented daughter of Capt. Chas. Gale, a pioneer lake master, to which union one son Charles Edward, and two daughters, Frances Estelle and Jessie Mabel, were born, whom the father and mother loved as the chiefest ornaments of their home. On January 3, 1897, the home circle was again broken by the death of Mabel, at their summer home in Mobile, Ala, when she was aged eighteen years.
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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.