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
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Captain William Roach

Captain William Roach, of Detroit, Mich., was born November 14, 1860, in County Wexford, Ireland, and was brought by his parents in 1861 to Hamilton, Ontario. He had his first sailing experience when yet a lad, in 1869, as porter on the propeller Bristol. The next year he remained at home, going to school, but in 1871 he sailed as day watchman on the R. N. Rice, running from Detroit to Cleveland, continuing on this boat for four years, and when he left her he had been second mate for a year. In 1876, he was wheelsman on the propeller Bertschy, of which he served as second mate the season following. In the spring of 1878 he shipped as first mate on the steamer Cuyahoga and remained in that position until the close of the season of 1879. During the season of 1880 he served in various capacities, being captain of the tug Alpena, doing river towing, and first mate of the Saginaw Valley, Iron Age, and Sanilac. In 1881 he was captain of the Saginaw Valley, and during the years of 1882-83 he was captain of the Sanilac, running from Saginaw to Cleveland. During the seasons of 1884-85 he sailed the Saginaw Valley on the same route, and in 1886 he was captain of the Don M. Dickerson. In 1887-88 he sailed the steamer Arundell, and in 1889 he was captain of the propeller Laura, owning $5,000.00 worth of stock in her. As the stockholders were unable to agree as to the best route for her the next season he went in 1890 to the steamer W. R. Stafford as master and sailed her successfully to the close of 1896, when he signed a contract to sail the S. S. Wilhelm during 1897.

The Captain was married, in Detroit, in January, 1879, to Miss Mamie Myers, and they have two children, Eliza B., and Anna M. He is a member of the Ship Masters Association.


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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.