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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William J. McClure

William J. McClure, chief engineer on the City of Chicago, belonging to the Graham & Morton Transportation Company, is a native of Detroit, Mich., born December 29, 1838. While yet in his "teens" young McClure began learning the rudiments on his life's occupation, that of an engineer. His first experiences in this line were on the engine in a rolling-mill and blast furnace located at Wyandotte, just below Detroit.

In the fall of 1859 he went to Marquette and entered the machine shops of Thomas Healy, where he remained one year, and on the following spring (1861) began life on the water, going on the side-wheel steamer Cleveland as second engineer, which ran between Cleveland and Lake Superior. He was on the Cleveland one season, and the next season was passed on the Michigan, a side-wheel boat plying between Buffalo and Green Bay. In 1863 he was made chief engineer of the Sarah Van Epps, a side-wheel boat that ran between Green Bay and Escanaba. He remained with her that season and a part of the next, and finished out the season of 1864 on the steamer George L. Dunlap, which was also a side-wheel boat, and was on the same route, from Green Bay to Escanaba. In 1865 he was on the tug Zouave, towing on the Detroit River from Lake Huron to Lake Erie, for a part of the season, when he took charge of the side-wheel steamer R.R. Elliott, and that winter took her engines out and put them into the City of Sandusky, a side-wheel steamer built at Sandusky, and ran between Cleveland and Saginaw, and for a time between Sandusky and Detroit. Our subject remained with her until October, 1868, that fall going on the Keweenaw, which ran between Buffalo and Lake Superior, and was with her until the fall of 1872. The Keweenaw carried and landed at Duluth, as it were, the forerunners or advance guard of those who laid the foundations, and set the wheels in motion for that metropolis of today. During the years 1873-74, Engineer McClure was for a period on the tug Wm. B. Castle, a tug towing between the lakes Huron and Erie. In 1875 he was employed at Milwaukee putting the engine into the Flora and running her during the season. The following year he went on the side-wheel steamer Milton D. Ward, and was with her until 1883, her trade for a part of the time being from Detroit to Port Austin, and then from Detroit to Port Huron. Next he put the engine of the Dunlap into the Darius Cole, a new steel boat, which he ran until the fall of 1887, she, too, being a side-wheel boat, and was in the trade between Detroit and Port Huron. During the seasons of 1888-89 he was in charge of the steamer barge Iron Duke, and the steamerbarge F. W. Wheeler, respectively, running on the former one season and part of the next, and then on the latter the balance of the time.

In January, 1890, he went to Bay City and took charge of the City of Chicago, then building, inspecting and looking after her machinery. She was built for the Graham & Morton Transportation Company, of Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and Chicago, our subject serving as chief engineer on this boat, and for two years past has been the chief engineer of the Graham & Morton Company's line of steamers.

He is a thorough and most competent engineer, and has rounded up thirty-five years of experience on the water, and the third of a century as chief engineer. He is a member of No. 3 Post of the Engineers Association of Detroit.

On January 3, 1863, Mr. McClure was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Healy, of Detroit, and to this union were born a family of five boys and two girls: Kate, Colin, Edward, Mary, William, Frank and Walter (the last named dying in March, 1895).


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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.