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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 L. McCabe

Captain Frank L. McCabe, who for several years has been in the employ of the Western Transit line, is the son of Patrick and Katherine McCabe, natives of Ireland. Patrick McCabe was for many years in the employ of Bidnell & Banty, shipbuilders of Buffalo in the early days. It was during his employment with them that they built the great side-wheel steamers City of Buffalo and Western Metropolis - noted at that time - which plied for many years in the passenger service between Buffalo and Cleveland. He also sailed the lakes for several years. In this family were five children, the three now living being the subject of this sketch. Joseph, in the elevator business at Buffalo, and Mary, a resident of Buffalo, who is the widow of Owen Gologley, a former lake pilot.

Frank J. McCabe was born at Buffalo in 1845. After attending the public schools for a short time, and at the age of ten years, he began the work of his life as a ferry boy on Buffalo creek, at which occupation he remained three seasons. In the spring of 1858 he made his first trip on the lakes in the capacity of cabin boy on the propeller Iowa, under Capt. Robert Jones, in a few months, however, returning to his original employment as ferry boy, and thus closed that season. The following season he acted as cabin boy on the propeller Galena with Captain Steel part of the time, and closed it in the same employ as that of 1858. For the succeeding two seasons he was cabin boy on various steamers, and in 1861-62-63 he shipped as boy before the mast on the schooner Metropolis with Capt. James Murray. The next two seasons he went before the mast on the schooner William O. Brown with Capt. Harry Bonner, and from that time until 1869 he was first mate of several first-class vessels. For the seasons of 1869-70-71 he served in the capacity of master of the schooner Watts Sherman, and for that of 1872 he was master of the harbor tug C. W. Evans, at Chicago, owned by a son of Edward Madden, an ex-alderman. After a couple of seasons spent on different vessels he returned to Buffalo, and during 1875 was one of nine members of the harbor police. This was previous to the building of the Michigan street bridge, and when the patrolling was done in small boats propelled with oars. After an interim of several years in steam and steel vessels, he, in 1888, entered the employ of the Western Transit Company as mate of the propeller Albany, which was sunk in 1893 in collision with the Philadelphia. Remaining in that vessel but one season, he was mate of the Hudson for the season of 1889, and in the spring of 1890 was given master's berth in the propeller Chicago, which position he has held continuously since (1897), thus establishing himself as a careful navigator. Captain McCabe has been a member of the Ship Masters Association since the fall of 1890. He held the office of second vice-president during 1894, was first vice-president during 1895, and one of the delegates to Washington, and during 1896 was its president.

In 1878 Captain McCabe was married at Buffalo to Miss Mary Murphy, at that time a teacher in Public School No. 34. They have three children: Matie, a teacher in Public School No. 33, Elizabeth and John F. The family residence is at No. 393 Elk street, Buffalo, New York.


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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.