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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Captain E. P. Spear

Captain E.P. Spear was in command of the Samuel P. Ely in the season of 1896, and is a sailor of long experience and good repute. He is a son of Isaac and Eunice (Smith) Spear, natives of Vermont, the former of whom died in Painesville, Ohio, in 1857, having spent his life as a merchant and also was a justice of the peace, at Fairport, Ohio; the latter died in 1878.

Captain Spear was born June 9, 1831, at Crown Point, N. Y., where he lived only one year,when the family removed to Perry, Ohio, and thence to Van Wert county, Ohio, where his father bought a tract of land, then a dense forest. At this place they lived five years when the father obtained the appointment of lighthouse keeper at Fairport, Ohio. At the age of sixteen Captain Spear began the marine life to which he has since devoted his time. He first shipped on the S. L. Noble as boy, and remained three years, afterward coming on the schooners Troy, Nile, Yankee Blade, Pilot, Mark Sibley, the scow Virago and many others. The following season was spent on the I. C. Pendleton as mate, and afterward he acted in the same capacity on the Ellen White and Industry. As mate he served on the E. C. Roberts, Ellen White and Edwin Harmon, afterward becoming master of the last boat, which he sailed four years. He came on the Presto the following year, and soon after was on the brig Iroquois, Sultan, Massillon, Narangassett, S. H. Kimball, Sandusky, and in 1896 came to the Samuel P. Ely. While mate of the brig Sultan she foundered about nine miles out of Cleveland, September 24, 1864, and all hands were lost with the exception of our subject, who after hanging to the spars for nineteen hours was rescued by Captain McKay, then sailing on the old City of Cleveland.

On December 17, 1856, Captain Spear was married to Miss Sarah Greenhalgh. Their children are: Mary, who is married to Charles Calloway, and resides in Cleveland; and James, who lives on a farm in Mentor, Ohio. The Captain is a member of the Ship Masters Association in Cleveland, and is well known to a large number of marine men, whose lives are connected with the industry of the five Great Lakes.


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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.