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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Albert Carrier Majo

Captain Albert Carrier Majo, who by industry and enterprise has established a reliable system of ferry service between Duluth and West Superior, which he operated on schedule time, has been a lake mariner since 1863, rising from boy to master to owner of vessels, and it may truly be said of him that he is by nature a sailor, taking a pleasure and interest in his profession. He is a son of William and Mary (Butler) Majo, both of good old Huguenot stock. His father was born in Assumption, Ontario, in 1818, and when six years old removed with his parents to Cape Vincent. After attending school the requisite number of years, he began sailing the lower lakes and soon became a skillful pilot, and sailed on various vessels until 1848, and in 1858 he retired to his homestead on one of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence river, situated in Jefferson County, N.Y. where he now lives with his good wife at the age of seventy-eight years. The mother is a native of Kingston, Ontario.

Captain Albert C. Majo was born in Chicago, Ill.June 4, 1847, and attended a public school at Cape Vincent, N.Y. and Joliet, Ill., receiving a liberal education. In May, 1863, he realized his desire to become a sailor by shipping in the schooner Flying Cloud as boy with Capt. James T. Borland; he joined her again the next spring, closing the season, however, in the schooner Fleetwing. During the three following seasons he sailed on the Perry Hannah, Advance, Frank Crawford, Orkney Lass, Imogene and T. S. Skinner. In 1868 the Captain went to Wyoming, on the line of the Union Pacific railroad, where he engaged in getting out timber, ties, etc., to be used in the construction of the road. In the spring of 1870 he returned to Muskegon, Mich., and entered the employ of the Muskegon Boom Company, remaining with them about eight years, the first two as wheelsman in the tug Third Michigan, and transferring to the tug Miranda as master, thence to the Sport, the Ezra Stevens, and the new tug Ira O. Smith, all of which he has sailed with good results. In the spring of 1879 the Captain chartered the tug Maud Eccles and put her in the excursion business at Muskegon, using her at times to tow logs, and was very successful.

In the spring of 1880 Captain Majo purchased an interest in the tug Newell Avery, and engaged in harbor towing at Muskegon; in 1883 he became a member of the lumber firm of Gow, Majo & Henderson, and succeeded in doing an extensive business with good success financially for some years. He then sold a three-eighths interest to Messrs. Gow & Campbell. In the meantime he purchased an interest in the tug Colonel Ferry, and sailed her two seasons; and in interest with C. W. Brown, in the George P. Savidge, which he sailed one season in the excursion business out of Muskegon. The Captain then sold her, and in spring of 1888 purchased an interest in the tug A. C. Van Raalte, and after sailing her two seasons, he sold her to the Garden City Sand Co. and bought his partner's interest in the tug George P. Savidge, took her to Duluth, and after running her at that port one season traded her for Minnesota real estate. He again purchased the Savidge and sailed her until she was destroyed by fire in the fall of 1891. The next spring he went to Muskegon and bought the tug Comet, which he took to Duluth, but he went as master of the tug Estelle that season, assuming command of the Comet the next spring. In 1894, he sailed the steamer Lindrup as street-car transfer across the St. Louis river. in the spring of 1895 he purchased the tugs Hattie Lloyd and Belle.

During the winter of 1893-94 the Captain invented an ingenious means of crossing the St. Louis river by placing a boat on runners and attaching an electric cable and endless chain to each side of the river. In case the ice should break in the center of the river, the craft would float until it reached the farther edge, when it would again have recourse to its runners. This novel boat attracted much comment, and answered the purpose to a charm. This ferry scow or amphibian was twenty-six feet long and ten feet wide and thirty-six inches deep; six tiers of gunwales 4 x 6 inches, and a pine cabin covering the whole width, but leaving three feet at each end for deck. The two runners were shod in steel. The distance to be crossed was 1,300 feet, over which passed a cable attached to a twenty-horse power motor, geared to two three-feet drums. On March 15, the ice gave away 100 feet from the Superior shore, but the amphibian did all that was expected of her, sliding down into the water, floating about 150 feet and again mounting the ice near the other shore within 200 feet of the Duluth landing. Passengers soon became accustomed to this novelty, and felt no uneasiness in making the passage.

Socially, the captain is a charter member of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of Steam Vessels, a Master Mason, of Palestine Lodge, of Duluth, and a Knight of the Maccabees.

On December 8, 1875, Captain Majo wedded Miss Mary E., daughter of Joseph H. and Clarissa (Sunderlin) Parsons, of Madison county, N.Y., and the children born to this union were: William Parsons; Nina I. (who died young); Joseph H., and Helen Mary. The family residence is at No. 504 Fifth avenue, Duluth, Minnesota.


Previous    Next

Return to Home Port

Volume I

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.