Captain Thomas T. Boyd
Captain Thomas T. Boyd, master of the tug W. L. Scott, and part owner of the Erie Tug line since the year 1890, is known by every marine man running into the port of Erie, at which place he has been a tug man since 1868.
The Captain is a son of Jeffrey and Marie (Cummings) Boyd, who were natives of Ireland, where he was born April 14, 1848, and a year after the family emigrated to this country, locating at Erie, Penn. Here he was brought up and attended school. When about sixteen years of age he shipped as boy on the schooner Citizen, on which boat he remained three years, his next employment being at the coal docks in Erie, where his father was and had been engaged ever since settling at that place. In 1869, after spending about three years in the employ of General Reed, who owned the docks, he began tugging on the Tillinghast, and subsequently was master of the tugs Mary A. Green, Dragon, Tom Dole, Annie P. Dorr and Thomas Thompson. This service extended up to the year 1890, when he purchased the aforementioned interest in the Erie Tug line, and took command of the W. L. Scott, which he has run ever since. He has had twenty-four issues of license. It will be noticed that Captain Boyd is what is commonly termed a self-made man, working himself up from a humble position to the prominent place he now holds. Associated with him in the tug line are William H. Hill of Erie, and Captain Thompson and James Ash of Buffalo.
Captain Boyd was married, at Erie, in 1871, to Miss Mary G. Golden, of that place, and they have eight children, four sons and four daughters, one of the sons, Thomas J. Jr., being the father's engineer on the W. L. Scott. They reside at No. 364 Short street, corner of Chestnut, Erie, Pennsylvania.
Socially, the Captain is a member of the M. E. B. A., Branch No. 25, of Erie.
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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.