Michael McCormick, was born at Cleveland, Ohio, December 13, 1859, and received his education at St. Malachi's parochial school in that city. On commencing his marine life he went as fireman on the tugs Shoo Fly, Fannie Tuthill, and Maggie Sanborn, owned by L. P. & J. A. Smith, and then shipped in the same capacity on the tug Abe Nelson, owned by Robert Fields, all of the service occupying three years. He took out his license as engineer in May 1877, and was appointed engineer of the tug Maggie Sanborn, transferring from her to the Fannie Tuthill, Peter Smith and L. P. Smith, in the order named; he served one season in each, finishing the year on the last named tug, and the following year brought out new the tug S. S. Stone, with which he also remained one season. He then went to Chicago and entered the employ of the Vessel Owners Towing Company, being assigned to the tug Blackball No. 2, in which he remained two seasons, and later to the tug Protection, which he engineered one season. He next entered the employ of the Dunham Wrecking & Towing Co., and shipped on the tug Chicago for one season, following this service by a season on the Mosher. In 1894 he returned to Cleveland and entered the employ of the Vessel Owners Towing Company as engineer of the tug Criss Grover, on which he remained to the close of that season and throughout the next. In 1896 he brought out the same boat, finishing the season on the tug William Kennedy. Mr. McCormick is held in high esteem by the companies who have employed him, and having acquired a well-deserved reputation for diligence and close application to duty, his services as engineer are always in demand.
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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.