M. J. Burns
M.J. Burns, of Cleveland, was born at Troy, N. Y., in 1860. His parents moved to Cleveland while he was quite young, and he attended the parochial schools in that city for eight years, commencing work in the Lake Erie Iron Works, where he remained seven years, thoroughly learning the business, and leaving off as heater. In 1881 he shipped as fireman on one of the tugs out of Cleveland harbor, and it is safe to say that he fired on every tug operating in that harbor up to 1889, when he took out papers and shipped as engineer on the tug Ida Sims. During the seasons following he served in the same capacity on the tugs Dennis Crowley, L. P. Smith, American Eagle, C. G. Curtis, Allie May, W. D. Cushing and Joe Harris, in the order named. He then engineered the tug J. J. Richardson to Port Huron, she having been sold to J. H. Kendall, and remained in that port about four months as her engineer. Returning to Cleveland he was in 1896 appointed engineer of the tug C. G. Curtiss, which he laid up in the winter of that year.
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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.