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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The Swain Wrecking Company

The Swain Wrecking Company operates the wrecking tug Favorite, which carries five steam pumps and twelve hydraulic jacks, capable of lifting from one to two hundred tons each, together with other wrecking implements and paraphernalia usually carried on such boats.

The company has done some remarkable work during the time it has been in existence, one of the most extensive jobs being on the Neosho, wrecked off Spectacle Reef in the fall of 1894. The vessel was badly damaged, and it cost some $12,000 to release her, the repairs to the boat afterward costing over $50,000.

The Alva, which sunk during a collision on the river Sault Ste. Marie, was raised after holes were drilled in her side by means of electric drills, and patches put on by a diver, and she was pumped out.

The Choctaw, a boat which was sunk in the same river in May, 1896, in a collision with the L.C. Waldo, was treated in the same way and raised.

During 1897 the company released the Henry Chisholm, one of the boats sunk in a collision off Grosse Pointe, and run aground near the twenty-foot channel.

The officers of the company for 1898 were L.C. Waldo, president; John S. Quinn, vice-president; A.A. Parker, secretary and general manager; J.W. Millen, treasurer. A general wrecking business is carried on, and during the season the Favorite and her well-drilled crew are generally employed.

The steel steamer Alva, light, bound for the Straits, and running full speed, ran on South Manitou island in a fog, and had to be raised with jacks eighty-four times to release her, costing about $10,000.


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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.