Main S. Masters
Main S. Masters was born in Cleveland in the year 1837. He was a son of I. U. Masters, who was mayor of Cleveland at the time of his death.
He commenced sailing in the year 1876 as clerk of the propeller Amazon. This vessel, originally built for a steambarge, was converted into a passenger boat to run in connection with the Grand Haven line between Milwaukee and Grand Haven. During a period of three years Mr. Masters was alternately clerk of the Amazon and of the propeller Forest City, the latter vessel belonging to the same line and following the same route. The Amazon went ashore at Grand Haven in 1879 and went to pieces. This stopped the operation of the line, and Mr. Masters then went to Cleveland entering the office of the Cleveland Rolling Mill Company. Later he went into the office of Masters & Co., dealers in iron ore, and remained with that company until his death, which occurred in 1881.
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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.