Table of Contents

Title Page
Albion Macadams
Isaac MacDonald
Captain William S. Mack
The Lakewood Transportation Company
The Lake Erie Transportation Company
The Becker Barge Company
The Lakeland Transportation Company
Angus Mackay
Andrew Mackie
Captain John Maddock
Captain F. J. Magle
Richard Mahoney
J. F. Mahaney
Captain Michael Maher
Captain Albert Carrier Majo
Captain George B. Mallory
Herbert M. Mann
Peter Marcoux
S. O. Marsh
J. H. Marshall
Charles T. Martin
John Martin
Charles E. Mason
Captain John Mason
Captain Orlo J. Mason
William Masson
Irvine U. Masters
Main S. Masters
E. D. Masterson
Richard Mastin
Captain D. W. Matteson
Captain E. F. Matteson
Philip C. Mayer
Captain J. McArthur
M. McAuliffe
Burnard McCabe
Captain Frank McCabe
Frank I. McCabe
Captain Frank L. McCabe
Owen McCabe
P.B. McCabe
Hugh McCann
B. T. McCanna
John J. McCarthy
William J. McClure
Michael McCormick
Captain George A. McCoy
Walter McCrea
William T. McCullagh
Captain W. McCullouch
A. G. McDonald
Captain Angus J. McDonald
Captain Donald S. McDonald
F. McDonald
Murdock N. McDonald
William M. McDonald
Thomas J. McDonnell
Captain Alexander McDougall
Captain Jacob McDowell
Captain John McDowell
Captain Archibald McEachern
Captain Alex. McFarland
Captain Daniel McFarlane
Henry F. McGinnis
Captain L. Hugh McGowen
Captain William Markus McGrain
James McGrath
Captain Angus McGregor
Captain William F. McGregor
Christopher J. McGurn
M. G. McIntosh
Daniel C. McIntyre
Peter McIntyre
Captain William McKay
Captain A. McKenzie
Captain H. McKenzie
Captain James McKerrall
Captain Peter A. McKinnon
William McKittrick
A. H. McLachlan
Captain Dugald McLachlan
Captain Duncan McLachlan
Malcolm McLachlan
Captain John McLachlin
Joseph H. McLary
George McLaughlin
Captain Murdick McLean
Ronald McLean
Captain Daniel McLeod
Captain George A. McLeod
Captain George McLeod
Captain John C. McLeod
Captain Robert Rowan McLeod
A. McMinn
Captain George McMinn, Jr.
George McMonagle
Captain Alexander McMurray
John McMurray
Captain Robert J. McMurray
William J. McMurty
Captain Thomas McNaugh
Charles A. McPhail
Captain Alex McRae
John T. Mead
William Meade
Edward F. Meeh
Ernest A. Meeker
William Megarvey
Captain Thomas Meikleham
Captain George E. Merritt
John Metke
John L. Meyer
Halvor Michelson
Captain James W. Millen
August H. Miller
E.C. Miller
Frank A. Miller
Frank E. Miller
George A. Miller
Henry L. Miller
John Miller
John B. Miller
Quincy Miller
Stephen H. Miller
A. J. Millett
Captain Donald Milloy
Captain H. L. Mills
A. R. Milne
Alexander Milne
George B. Milne
George M. Milne
Philip J. Minch
Captain Charles R. Miner
Captain Frank Miner
Captain John Miner
Dell E. Miney
Captain Daniel Mitchell
Captain James B. Mitchell
James D. Mitchell
Captain John Mitchell
Captain John M. Mitchell
Mitchell & Co
Captain Adelbert J. Moffett
Captain Anthine Moisan
Willard A. Mondy
George Monro
W. F. Monroe
John Monson
Thomas Monson
Captain Charles Z. Montague
Captain Ed Montgomery
Captain Harry Montgomery
Captain Charles Edward Moody
Captain Edward Mooney
Captain J. E. Moony
Captain C. F. Moore
Captain Christopher A. Moore
Captain Hiram D. Moore
L. Ed. Moore
Captain Samuel Moore
Captain Truman Moore
Captain Bernard W. Morgan
C. A. Morgan
Captain James W. Morgan
Captain Julius Morgan
Captain M. F. Morgan
Alexander Morison
Captain Charles Tyler Morley
E. E. Morris
Captain G.C. Morris
Captain Warren E. Morris
Captain Angus G. Morrison
Louis Moss
Louis C. Moss
Captain Charles E. Motley
Captain George Moulton
Captain James Mowatt
Captain Matthew Mulholland
Luke Mullany
Captain John D. Mullen
Captain George Murchison
Captain Samuel Murdock
Captain Jeremiah Murphy
Captain John Murphy
Captain Stephen Maitland Murphy
Thomas Francis Murphy
Charles L. Murray
Stewart Murray
Captain Amos H. Myers
Frank H. Myers
Captain Hermann Myers
John H. Myers
Captain Patrick Myers
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Captain Michael Maher

Captain Michael Maher, although still a young man, has had an eventful life on the lakes and in connection with lake interests, and at one time held the local inspectorship of steam vessels for the Port Huron district, to which he was appointed by President Cleveland in October, 1887, when but twenty-nine years of age. He is the son of Michael and Ellen (Woods) Maher, was born in London, Ontario, on December 12, 1858, and received a public-school education in Canada, in course of time coming to the United States. His first duties on the lakes consisted in passing wood in the side-wheel towboat Little Eastern, but it appears that he did not entertain a very high regard for the occupation, and he did not ship the next season. He found employment in the McKinnon boiler shop, where he remained two years, and in the spring of 1874 he shipped as fireman in the side-wheel passenger steamer Daniel Bull, the next year going as wheelsman in the passenger steamer Mason, plying on the Saginaw river. In 1876, he was clerk in the passenger steamer Cora Locke, coming out the following year as mate in the tug Cora B. and closing the season as mate in the riverboat Mason. In the spring of 1878 he took out pilot's papers, and having purchased the steamer Nellie Booth from Detroit parties, he took her to the Saginaw river and sailed her until August, when he sold her and shipped on the steamer Mason, holding that berth until the fall of 1879. The next season he secured engineer's license, but shipped as clerk in the steamer W. R. Burt, remaining in her until the fall of 1885. During the winter months, while in this employ, he helped repair and fit out the different boats of the line, in the summer sailing them or running the engine, as occasion required, filling this composite position with much satisfaction to all.

It was in 1886 that Captain Maher began to acquire vessel property. He associated himself with J. English and purchased the steamer Lucille, which he took to the Saginaw and sailed in opposition to the W. R. Burt and Mason, both of which steamers he and his partner purchased July 3 and put on the route. At the close of the season the Captain sold his interests to Mr. English, continuing, however, as a manager of the line, and in the spring of 1887 he purchased the barge Norway and sailed her two months, also taking an interest in the tug Haight. In October, 1887, during President Cleveland's first term, he was appointed government boiler inspector for the Port Huron district, being succeeded in that incumbency by Frank Van Lou, on January 21, 1890. The same year Mr. Maher purchased a half-interest in the National Boiler Works, in Bay City, with his brother John, and assisted in conducting that industry until the fall of 1896, when he sold out to his brother, who now carries on the works alone. In April, 1890, Captain Maher purchased an interest in the steamer Sanilac and sailed her two seasons in the passenger and freight trade between Saginaw and Cleveland, putting in the winter months at the boiler works. In 1892 he bought the passenger propeller C. A. Forbes, which he sailed on the Saginaw river, selling her the next year and assuming command of the Sanilac. In 1894 he sold the Sanilac and as business was improving went to work in the boiler shop. During the year 1895 he put six furnaces under the boilers of the C. A. Eddy works in Chicago, and the next year devoted his time to the shop in Bay City with his brother, disposing of his interest that fall. During the season of 1897 Captain Maher sailed the passenger steamer T. S. Faxton, in the passenger and freight trade between Saginaw, Bay City and Alpena; it is his object at this time to acquire a steamer adapted to the passenger and package freight trade. He has eleven issues of master's papers and nine engineer's licenses.

Captain Maher was married to Miss Sarah Kain, daughter of Michael and Josephine Kain of Saginaw on January 18, 1881, and they have one son, John Stafford. Their home is at No. 321 Adams street, Bay City, Mich. Fraternally, the Captain is a member of the Elks and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.


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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.