Captain John Stone
Captain John Stone, who owns and commands the schooner William Stone at the present time, was born October 29, 1865, at Detroit, Mich. He attended the public schools of his native city until his sixteenth year, when he began marine work, to which he has since devoted his life. His first experience was on the Lillie Dale, running from Kelley's island to Detroit, of which he acted as steward two years, and he then commanded the F. B. Speck, on the same route, remaining in her three seasons. His next berth was that of mate in the J. M. Spaulding, on which he remained for two years, and when she was sold he shipped on the Jewett four seasons, after which he acted as quartermaster on the Bay City, Susquehanna, Milwaukee and New York, and on the Steriko as wheelsman. Returning to the schooner John Jewett, he acted as mate for part of a season, finishing on the schooner Irene as master and he served the four seasons following as master of the Jewett. After acting as master on the schooner Irene about six months he purchased the William Stone, which was built in July 1896, and became master of her. In August of the same year he began to sail her and throughout the year carried general merchandise.
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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.