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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William J. Swain

William J. Swain, chief engineer of the Codorus for the seasons of 1895-96-97, is a Canadian by birth, having first seen the light April 5, 1857, at Toronto, Ontario. He received his schooling at Collingwood, same Province, and began his first practical work in a machine shop at Collingwood, where he served the usual three-years' apprenticeship.

At the end of that time he went into the steamer Chicora, oiling one season and then transferred to the City of Winnipeg as second engineer to Mike Chalk, the present boiler inspector at Duluth. He was employed on her for two seasons, and then spent about a year each in the Frontier Iron Works shop at Detroit and the Bay State Iron Works, of Bradford, Penn. In the spring of 1882 he returned to steamboating, going as second engineer of the Juniata, and the two following seasons was in the Clarion in a like capacity. The season of 1885 he was promoted to chief of the Conemaugh, remaining in her two seasons, and then went to the Lehigh for the season of 1887. For the seven succeeding seasons, including 1894, he was chief of the Clarion, and since then has been chief of the Codorus, which is considered one of the finest boats of the Anchor line. Mr. Swain has seventeen issues of the chief's license, and it will be noted that for sixteen years of the time he has been in the employ of the Anchor line. He was one of the charter members of the Erie No. 39, M.E.B.A., was a member of the No. 3, Chicago Branch of that order, and is also an Odd Fellow and Mason in good standing. He makes his residence during the winter season at the "Wilcox House," Erie, Pennsylvania.


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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.