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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Edgar J. Smith

Edgar J. Smith, the only living child of Joshua and Sarah (Crooker) Smith, the former a native of Goshen. N. Y . and the latter of Buffalo, N. Y., was born in Goshen, Orange Co., N.Y., January 9, 1869. Sarah (Crooker) Smith was a daughter of George and Chloe Ann Crooker; her father was born in Windom, Greene Co., N. Y., and was the builder and proprietor of the old "Brown Hotel" and also of the "Red Jacket," corner of Elk and Seneca streets, Buffalo, New York. When Edgar J. Smith was four years of age his parents removed to Buffalo, and there he attended the public schools until about fourteen years old, when he started to work for the Times, as fireman, where he remained through the winter of 1893, leaving then to begin tugging in 1883, firing and decking on the George D. Gilson. During the next two seasons he was second engineer of the steam canalboat Neptune, and also decking and firing on the tug Donaldson. In the winter of 1885 he went to New York and secured a berth on the tug L.P. Dayton, of the N.Y.C. Transportation Company, which he held until the close of the season of 1887, when he was given a position on Dr R.V. Pierce's yacht Nydia, where he remained about three and a half months, making a cruise of the lakes, and finished the season on the tug Leon. The season of 1888 and 1889, he was firing on the tug S.W. Gee and steambarges Inter Ocean and Belle Cross. In 1890, he received his first papers as an engineer, and went to Cleveland, where he spent the first part of the season with the V.O.T. and the balance on the fishing tug Ada, and was subsequently on the tug Sea Bird, of Ashtabula, until going south, where he was engineer of the tug Arctic for the C.& O. R.R. and the passenger boat Harbinger, plying between Norfolk, Va., and Hartford, N.C., until 1893, when he came back north and went into the fishing tugs Jose and McCarthy, out of Erie, and that winter went south again, as second engineer of the H.J. Wemple, of Norfolk, from South Carolina ports to New York, returning to Buffalo and spending about a year ashore as engineer of the Alabama flats, and the next season had charge of the electric light plant at Sour Spring Grove. In the summer he took the tug Benham, to the "Soo," and then went into the wrecking tug Stanwood and was in her when she, after six days' work, got the Col. Ellsworth off the beach, near Deer Park, Lake Superior. He afterward went to Chicago, where he fitted out the tug D.T. Helen and took her to Duluth and laid her up there, afterward returning to Cleveland. For the season of 1896 he was on the tug Ganzee, of Erie, and during the winter was employed running a hoisting machine on the Erie canal, and for the season of 1897 was back on the Ganzee again. Mr. Smith's grandfather, George Crooker, for a number of years ran the "Red Jacket," "Browns" and old "Kinney" hotels, in Buffalo and also with his brother, Erastus, built the old side-wheel steamer Garden City, which was lost. Mr. Smith is a member of the Buffalo Harbor Tug Pilots Association. He resides with his mother at No. 196 Vermont street, 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.