Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain John W. Rabshaw
Captain John Radigan
William Ramey
D. B. Ramsey
George Randerson & Son
George Ransier
Eliakim F. Ransom
John S. Ranney
Peter Rasmussen
Captain E. Rathbun
Captain J. E. Rathbun
George H. Rausch
John L. Rawson
G. H. Raymond
The Raymond Family
Captain Alexander Reddick
Captain Moses Redmond
Captain Nicholas Redmond
W. E. Redway
Captain A. H. Reed
Lawrence J. Regan
Frederick Rehbaum
John Reif
Louis Reif
Thomas Reilly
F. J. Reynolds
Captain J. E. Reynolds
Ralph H. Reynolds
Thomas Reynolds
Charles Rice
Daniel F. Rice
Captain Wm. E. Rice
Captain Henry Richardson
Captain James Richardson
Captain Chancey Richardson
Dean Richmond
John D. Riley
Peter Riley
William F. Riley
Captain Samuel Rioux
Captain Ed. Risto
Captain Charles Roach
Captain William Roach
Captain John J. Roberts
Daniel H. Robertson
George W. Robertson
Captain H. W. Robertson
Captain W. J. Robertson
Alexander R. Robinson
Frederick W. Robinson
Robert A. Robinson
Captain Walter Robinson
William J. Robinson
Captain George Robson
Jeremiah O. Rogers
Captain Frank D. Root
Captain Henry Rose
Edwin E. Ross
James Rossan
G. P. Roth
James Rourke
Captain William H. Rowan
Jacob Ryan
Thomas M. Ryan
Captain Dallas Ryder
Table of Illustrations

Thomas Reilly

Thomas Reilly was born December 7, 1865, in Buffalo, N. Y., and received his education in the common schools of his native city. He commenced sailing at the age of seventeen years, in the spring of 1882 shipping as fireman on the tug R. F. Goodman, with Captain James Doyle, for one season. In 1883-84 he went as fireman on the tug Edward Fisk, with Capt. R. L. Byers, and during this season he and the other members of the crew performed a meritorious act, running out in the face of a terrible gale and rescuing the crew of seven men of the barge Little Jake, off the Buffalo breakwater. In 1885-6 he shipped on the tug John B. Griffin, as fireman, and in 1887 on the tug Alpha, in the same capacity. In the spring of 1889 he was appointed chief engineer of the tug Annie L. Sloan; in 1890 chief of the Thomas Edwards; in 1891 chief of the tug Genevieve, finishing the season on the tug Cheney; in 1892 chief of the Kelderhouse, finishing on the W. F. Halstead, on which he remained till the close of navigation in November, 1896.

Mr. Riley was united in marriage, July 19, 1891, to Miss Mary Safe, of Buffalo, N. Y., and they have three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Margaret. The family residence is at No. 150 Sandusky street, Buffalo.


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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.