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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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Lafayette S. Sullivan

Lafayette S. Sullivan is, perhaps, one of the best known men in marine circles. He was born in Holland, Lucas Co., Ohio, in 1858, in a log house, and his present prominent position has been obtained by his own energy and good business methods, and he may be correctly designated as a self-made man, as there was no money or influence to assist him. He is a son of Dennis and Hannah (Devine) Sullivan. His father was a ship carpenter by trade and removed to Toledo, Ohio, in 1863, where Lafayette acquired his public- school education, also attending the Jordan Business College.

His first employment was in the office of the Toledo Blade, in the mail and editorial rooms. In the spring of 1870 he shipped on a scow with his father, who was engaged in the sand trade between Amherstburg and Toledo, remaining in that berth two years. In the spring of 1872 he entered the employ of John Stevens & Co., in the ship brokerage and vessel agency business, remaining with that firm nine years, and laying the found- ation for his business life. In 1881 Mr. Sullivan established a ship brokerage business on his own account, which, together with his tug business, he has followed ever since. He soon commenced to purchase vessel property, his first venture being the steamyacht Sally, which he used as a ferry boat. As a nucleus for his tug business he purchased the tug William E. Rooney, and followed this by the purchase of the tugs Syracuse and Roy, the latter being crushed by ice December 16, 1895, between Monroe and Stony Point, and has not yet been located; the Doan, Birckhead, A. Andrews, Jr., and an interest in the powerful tug S.C. Schenck. He also has interests in outside steamboats and schooners - D.W. Ruse, C.C. Barnes, John Schuette, Chicago Board of Trade, and H.H. Badger. He lost the schooner Pulaski off Good Harbor, Lake Michigan, in 1888.

In 1882 Mr. Sullivan succeeded to the management of the Toledo Harbor Tug line on the retirement of M.T. Huntley. This tug line was established in 1870, and is now composed of his own and outside tugs. He is at the head of the coal shipping trade out of Toledo, is a stockholder in the Vulcan Iron Works, and is a member of its board of directors, vice-president of the Lake Carriers Association, and has been on the board of directors since it organization. He is also an honorary member of Toledo Lodge No. 9, of the Ship Masters Association. Mr. Sullivan opened the first branch shipping office of the Cleveland Vessel Owners Association, which, after the first year, turned enough on its books to enable it to pay its own way.

In 1883 he wedded Miss Alice Pallister, daughter of William and Hannah Pallister, of Detroit, Mich. Four children, Lafayette W., May Hannah, Alma Ruth and Alice Marguerite, have been born to this union, and they consider them the chief ornaments of their home. The family residence is at No. 1524 Huron street, Toledo, where Mr. Sullivan has resided thirty-one 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.