Charles E. Mason
Charles E. Mason, who had charge ot the engine room of the tug Englesbe during the season of 1896, was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1872. He is a son of Capt. David W. Mason, who commanded numerous sailing vessels on the Great Lakes during the years past and who now lives in Ashtabula. The son dates his lake experience from the year 1888, when he became fireman on the tug R. J. Cram. Following this he was fireman on the W. S. Carkin, Nat Stickney, Kunkle Brothers, Sunol, and William D. In 1893 he secured his first engineer's papers and since then he has been engineer of the Kunkle Brothers, Walter Richardson, L. P. Smith, Selah Chamberlin, Daisy, Ciscoe, Mascott, and Loretta Englesbe.
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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.