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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Herman E. Schmidt

Herman E. Schmidt, a young marine engineer of much skill and promise, and who spends a great part of his leisure time in the study of standard works on engineering, was born in Detroit, Mich., June 30, 1873. He is a son of Gustavus A. and Mary H. (Blank) Schmidt. His father was born in Germany, and came to the United States when but thirteen years of age, previous to which time he had been employed in a tanyard, and on arriving in this country became an apprentice to that trade and learned the business. He is now a traveling salesman for the firms of Trauget, Schmidt & Co. and Austin, Ladue & Co., both prominent Detroit firms. He met his wife in Detroit, where their marriage ceremony was performed.

Herman Schmidt acquired his education in the schools of Detroit, afterward going to the schools in Port Huron, Mich. In the spring of 1890 he shipped as a deckhand on the tug Summer, out of Port Huron, but closed the season as fireman. That winter, after an attack of typhoid fever, he went to Los Angeles, Cal., remaining there until the next spring, when he returned to Port Huron and became fireman on the steamer W.H. Sawyer, holding that berth two and a half years, when he transferred to the Gogebic for a like berth. In the spring of 1894 he became fireman on the steamer Merida, taking out an engineer's license the next year, when he was appointed first assistant on the steamer Business, holding that berth two seasons. In the spring of 1897 Mr. Schmidt was appointed second engineer of the steamer Germania, then transferred to the Alaska, of the Anchor line, as oiler, after which he again joined the steamer Business as second, and closed the season on the Minnie Kelton. In the spring of 1898 he was appointed first assistant on the steamer Chili, of the Lackawanna Transportation Company, a position he held for some time. He has four issues of license. His brother, Gustavus, was second mate on the steamer Pridgeon, and has sailed on the Tioga and other good boats, and is now employed by the Union Steamship Company, of the Erie Railroad line, at Milwaukee, Wis. Another brother, Albert J., is oiler on the steamer Victory.

Mr. Schmidt is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 43, of Port Huron, and of the Knights of the Maccabees, He makes his home at Adair, Michigan.


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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.