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 Frank McCabe

Captain Frank McCabe, master of the steamer Chicago, of the Western Transit Company, Buffalo, N.Y., is a native of that city, having been born there October 24, 1845. Patrick McCabe, father of our subject, was born in the North of Ireland, and about the year 1834 left Dublin for the United States, coming direct to Buffalo. For a time he was fireman on the lakes, and then entered the employ of Bidwell & Banty, shipbuilders, with whom he remained some thirty years. By his wife Catherine McCabe, also a native of the North of Ireland, and whom he had married in that country, he had children as follows: Michael (who was mate of the schooner Metropolis, and was drowned off her in 1864), Joseph (who was an elevator man), Frank J., Elizabeth (deceased), and Mary (wife of Owen Gologly).

Our subject received his education in School No. 4, Buffalo, N.Y., and from the time he was twelve years old until he was twenty he attended night school only, during the winter seasons. In 1858 he commenced sailing the lakes, at first in the capacity of cabin boy on the steamer Iowa, Capt. Robert Jones, from which humble position he worked his way up, entirely by his own exertions and merit until by the year 1869 we find him master of the schooner Wat Sherman. In 1872 he left sailing vessels for steamships, in that year becoming captain of the tug Evans, of Chicago, and in 1873 he was mate of the Camden. In 1874 he served on the harbor police force of Buffalo; in 1875 he was mate of the steamer Java, one of the Commercial line of vessels, in the latter year entering the service of the Western Transit Company, being mate for two years, and master of the Chicago (his present position) for some eight years, or up to this writing. In point of service he is one of the oldest captains at present in the employ of that company, and in his lake career he has been both successful and fortunate, never having experienced collision, shipwreck or cast-away. On December 21, 1868, Captain McCabe was married to Miss Mary Murphy, daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Murphy, and three children have been born to them: Mary, Elizabeth and Frank. The family residence is No. 393 Elk street, Buffalo.

Captain McCabe has always taken an active interest in marine matters, and in 1890 he united with the Ship Masters Association, of which he was president in 1896; in which year, and also in 1897, he was a delegate to the Shipmasters convention. Socially he is affiliated with the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, Branch No. 8.


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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.