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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J.O. Snyder

J.O. Snyder, of Detroit, Mich., at present employed in fitting out boats for the well-known vessel firm of Parker, Millen & Co., of that city, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1850. Mr. Snyder was raised and educated in his native place, and when he first started to work went to sea on the North German Lloyd steamer city of Bremen. He was firing on the Bremen for eighteen months, and then left the sea for the Great Lakes. He lived for several years in Clayton, N.Y., and while there became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Mr. Snyder's first season on the lakes, that of 1870, was spent on the Lake Ontario tug Nelson Summer, on which he was employed as fireman. He then entered the government service, and for three years was firing on the United States survey boat Ada. Leaving government employ. He was engaged by the Detroit, Belle Isle & Windsor Ferry Co. as second engineer of their new ferryboat Excelsior. On her he remained two years, and then went on the steambarge Alpena as second engineer during the next season. He was also second engineer of the steambarge Alcona for two seasons, and left to be chief engineer of the steamer Germania, owned by McClaren & Co., of Toledo. He was on the Germania two years, and then returned to the Alcona as chief, in which capacity he served four consecutive years. He then entered the employ of Parker, Millen & Co., and has been with them the past nine years or so. During his first season with that firm he was chief engineer of the Iron Chief, and for the four following seasons was chief of the Iron King. During the last four years he has been engaged in repairing and fitting out boats.

Mr. Snyder is married, but has no children. He has been a resident of Detroit for the past nineteen years.


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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.