Captain John Bridge
Captain John Bridge, a popular and well-known master of vessels, was born in Lorrain, Ohio, in the year 1854, a son of Alanson and Caroline (Emmons) Bridge. He acquired a good education in the public schools of Lorain, after which he commenced the life of a sailor on the scow Growler, remaining an entire season.
In the spring of 1870 he shipped in the scow Sutler Girl, retaining that berth two seasons. The year following he went west, visiting Leadville, Cheyenne and other mining towns and doing some work in the mines. He remained in the western country several years, returning home in 1881. He then shipped before the mast in the schooner Southwest, with Capt. Ed. Porter, who was lost on the steamer Gilcher. He sailed in different vessels until the spring of 1888, when he was appointed master of the schooner George G. Houghton. This was followed by a season as master of the schooner Monticello. In the spring of 1892 he was appointed master of the schooner S.H. Kimball, which he sailed successfully three seasons, turning in good freights. On one trip, while passing through the Sault he rescued the lightkeeper of the ranges near Raine's dock. The man had accidentally shot himself in the thigh while hunting, and had fallen into the river. He died two or three days later. In the spring of 1895 Captain Bridge was appointed master of the schooner D.P. Rhodes, and has sailed her three seasons. He is a member of the honorable order of the Maccabees.
Captain Bridge was united by marriage to Miss Martha A. Flynn, of Freeport, Ill. Three sons, Ellis John, William Hamar and Alanson Emmons, have been born to this union. The family residence is at No. 107 Colgate street, Cleveland, Ohio.
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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.