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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Edward Slater

Edward Slater is a son of Edward Slater, who for many years kept a hotel on Ohio street, Buffalo. The father was born in Dublin, came to America in the early days and died in 1892. Bridget (Brennan), the mother of our subject, was born in Sligo, Ireland, and is a close relation to Patrick Brennan, who was chief engineer of the Buffalo Water Works in 1896, and for many years previous.

The subject of this sketch was born at Buffalo, August 18, 1861, and received his education in the public schools of that city and in St. Joseph's College. His first experience on the water was as second cook on the little barge City of Port Huron, which ran from Buffalo to Marquette and Houghton. She was lost in 1877, foundering off Burchville, about eighteen miles out from St. Clair river. The crew got ashore at Lakeport, a town on the American shore about ten miles from Port Huron. Mr. Slater's next occupation in his chosen line was as fireman on the tug Orient, on which he remained for two seasons; this tug foundered off Point Pelee in 1890, and all on board were lost. For three seasons beginning with 1880 Mr. Slater was employed on Chicago harbor tugs and in the coasting trade on Lake Michigan, and in 1883 he was engineer of the tug Orient. On the 21st of June, 1884, he entered the employ of the Buffalo Fire Department, and acted as assistant engineer of engine No. 12 until 1888, when he was appointed engineer of the City of Buffalo fireboat (now the George R. Potter), and was in this position one year, when he was transferred to engine No. 17, which position he has held for nine years.

On February 19, 1889, Mr. Slater was married to Miss Nellie Purcell, at Buffalo. They have four children, named, respectively, Clair E., Thomas H., Florence M. and Arthur V. The family residence is at No. 539 Front avenue, Buffalo, New York.


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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.