George Ransier is a son of Andre Ransier, a carriage maker of Collingwood, Ontario, and he was born in 1862, and spent his boyhood fishing on Georgian Bay. His first sailing was in 1882 when he became watchman on the steamer Oneida. Then he was lookout successively on the steamers Japan, Alaska and Starrucca, and wheelsman on the steamers Blanchard, Delaware, Japan and Boston, spending one season in each vessel. He was second mate of the Empire State one season, of the James Fisk two seasons, and the passenger steamer State of Ohio one season. He was first mate of the passenger steamer State of New York during the season of 1894, and pilot of the same vessel the following season. During the season of 1896 Mr. Ransier was pilot of the State of 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.