Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain H. L. Sanders
Captain C. M. Saph
Captain James M. Saunders
Captain H. L. Savage
Captain Henry Savage
John R. Schiebel
Captain Phillip Schied
Herman E. Schmidt
William Schoeman
James Scholes
L. Schreiber
William Schumaker
Captain Syd. Scott
C. L. Scoville
Frank Seiler
Captain Willett A. Session
Captain Joseph Shackett
Captain Harry L. Shaw
Samuel Shaw
Captain Charles P. Sherbno
Captain James Sheils
Captain A. M. Shephard
Thomas W. Sheriffs
Charles S. Shriver
Captain Seymour Shriver
Captain David Sidney
John L. Simmons
Thomas G. Simmons
Captain Cyrus Sinclair
John Skelly
Captain James A. Skiffington
Captain William G. Slackford
Edward Slater
William J. Slater
Captain Thomas Slattery
L. Sleno
Samuel M. Sloan
Captain E. Smades
Captain A. C. Smith
Abram Smith
Charles E. Smith
Edgar J. Smith
F. B. Smith
Frank A. Smith
Captain George W. Smith
John Smith
John H. Smith
Captain Joseph F. Smith
Captain P. Smith
Captain P. C. Smith
Samuel Smith
Captain William H. Smith
Captain James Snow
J.O. Snyder
Oliver J. Soleau
Captain William H. Solmes
John B. Souter
Louis Souter
James A. Southgate
George J. Spaulding
Captain E. P. Spear
James Spears
James Speir
C. E. Stacy
Alick J. Staley
Captain Daniel H. Stalker
Captain John W. Stalker
Captain Frederick C. Starke
Frank Steadley
Captain Francis M. Stenton
Captain Vere S. Stenton
E. A. Stephenson
Captain William Lyman Stevens
Alexander T. Stewart
David P. Stewart
Douglass H. Stewart
Captain James P. Stewart
Captain John Stewart
Captain John A. Stewart
Captain John N. Stewart
Captain Charles H. Stickney
John Stoalder
Captain Henry W. Stone
Captain John Stone
Captain Marshall Stone
Dennis Strulb
John A. Styninger
Lafayette S. Sullivan
Captain John Dean Sullivan
Captain Robert H. Sunderland
Captain Edward W. Sutton
Joseph F. Sutton
William Sutton
Captain David Sylvester
Captain Solomon Sylvester
Captain George A. Symes
Captain James B. Symes
William J. Swain
The Swain Wrecking Company
Captain Charles M. Swartwood
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Captain C. M. Saph

Captain C.M. Saph, one of the prominent steam boatmasters sailing out of West Bay City, Mich., is a pleasant sociable companion and possesses many enduring friends. He is a son of Valentine A. and Mary (Drewyor) Saph, and was born in Newport, now Marine City, Mich., July 25, 1853. His father is an attorney-at-law in Marine City, associated with one of his sons under the firm name of V. A. Saph & Son. His mother died in September, 1870. Her father, Capt. John Drewyor, will be remembered by some of the mariners of past decades as a popular and well qualified Lake Superior pilot, sailing in the vessels of the Ward Lake Superior line.

Captain Saph acquired a public-school education in Marine City, attending until he reached the age of fourteen years, when he shipped as deckhand in the steamer William Cowie, with Capt. S. Andrews, and was with her when she put the first day mark locating Stanard rock. In the spring of 1869 he shipped in the schooner Idaho, and he passed the next eight years in different capacities on various vessels and steamers, among which may be mentioned the schooner Lizzie Belle, the Michael Groh, Forester, Florence Lester, John Ritchie and C. H. Wilkes. In the spring of 1878 he was appointed mate of the schooner Keepsake, remaining on her until August of the following years, when he took command of the schooner A. H. Brown. At the opening of navigation in 1880 he came out in the Birckhead, made one trip in the Unadilla, and was then appointed mate in the new schooner Grace Holland. In 1881 Captain Saph took out pilot's papers and was appointed mate in the steamer D. F. Rose, retaining that office four successive seasons, after which he was given command of the steamer Oswegatchie, which he sailed two seasons. In 1887 he was appointed master of his old steamer, the D. F. Rose, of which he had charge for four seasons, giving good business satisfaction, and his next steamer was the S. C. Clark, which he commanded two seasons. In the spring of 1893 he was again appointed master of the steamer D. F. Rose, which position he has held up to the time of this writing. He has been exceedingly fortunate with the vessels under his command and has won and retained the confidence and esteem of the owners.

Captain Saph was married to Miss Lorena Ellery, daughter of Philip and Delphina (Blair) Ellery, of Port Huron, in November 1888, and the children born to this union are Lee W. and Cassie M. The family homestead is at No. 401 West Midland street, West Bay City, Mich. Socially, the Captain is a member of the Ship Masters Association, carrying Pennant No. 223, and he is a charter member of the Bay City Lodge; he is also a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters.


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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.