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

James Rourke

James Rourke, who has sailed on many different vessels during his life on the lakes, was born in Ireland, in 1842. His parents removed to Cleveland in 1844, bringing him with them. His father was a distiller, and came to the United States to take charge of a large distillery situated in that part of Cleveland known as Whiskey Island.

James Rourke commenced sailing in 1860 on the scow Black Swan. Later he went on the schooner Gibbs, making a voyage to Marquette, where the first iron ore mines were opened at that point, and on his return trip brought a full cargo of 350 tons to Cleveland. [In those pioneer times the ore was placed on the vessel by means of wheelbarrows, and it required a week to load the Gibbs.] In 1863 he joined the steamer Osage, of the United States navy, remaining on her a year, and being present at the battles of Vicksburg, Fort Hudson and other engagements; and was also in the Red River campaign. In the following year he served on board the Ranier, then joined the Plymouth Rock, and later served on the Idaho, and the schooner Africa. In 1871 he retired to the shore, engaging in the business of buying and selling marine supplies, etc., which occupation he still follows. During recent years Mr. Rourke has been interested in a number of sailing vessels, owning at different times a half-interest in the Marie Martin, J. S. Richards, Golden Fleece, F. A. Georgia, Irene and the scow Kitty.

On November 25, 1881, he was married to Miss Mary McNelley, and they have one child, May Florence.


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Volume I

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.