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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Thomas G. Simmons

Thomas G. Simmons, mate of the City of Erie, of the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co., was born in Kingston, Ont., March 17, 1868, and when ten years of age was brought by his parents to Detroit.

His career on the Great Lakes began in 1883, when he went as porter on the steamer Riverside, later becoming watchman and wheelsman on the same boat, where he remained for three years. From 1886 to 1888 he was wheeling and watching on the steamers: E.K. Roberts, Atlantic, Flora, A.A. Turner, C.H. Green, and Aurora; from the spring of 1889 to the summer of 1891 he was mate of the tug Swain, second mate of the C.H. Green, Iron Chief, Alcona and Florida. He then remained ashore for three years, engaging in the grocery business in Detroit, but the waters proved too alluring, and in 1894 he became mate of the tug Champion, and for part of the season of 1895 he held a similar berth on the steamer City of Green Bay, the remainder of the season being master of the tug Arthur Jones. He began the season of 1896 as second mate of the State of New York, and then became mate of the new steamer City of Buffalo, which berth he also held throughout the season of 1897, and the next year became mate of the City of Erie.

On December 24, 1889, Mr. Simmons was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie Butwell, of Detroit, and to this union have come three children: Lyster, Hazel and Ethel.

Mr. Simmons came by his love of the lakes naturally, his father, George L. Simmons, now engineer on the Favorite, has been on the lakes for many years, and his brother, John L. Simmons, who died January 30, 1898, was chief engineer on the R.J. Hacket.


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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.