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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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Walter McCrea

Walter McCrea is known as one of the most competent and reliable engineers sailing out of Bay City, Mich., and has performed the duties of his present responsible position with the Saginaw Bay Towing Company for seven years. He is a son of Alexander and Caroline (Easton) McCrea, and was born in Norristown, N.Y., December 8, 1845. Some time later his father returned with his family to Easton's Corners, Ont., a village named in honor of his mother's family, and where she died November 14, 1861. Four years later the father left his farm, and removed his family to Bay City, Mich. Previous to this the father had passed some years on the lakes, and after locating in Bay City he purchased the barge Bay City, and sailed her successfully seven years. He also owned an interest in the tug Sea Gull. His death occurred in April, 1877, in Bay City. The other members of his family are Alexander, who is in the painting business; William H., a bookkeeper and advance agent for a notable physician; Harley and Samuel, both of whom died while young; and Mary, now the wife of John H. Fulford, and residing at Brockville, Ontario.

Mr. McCrea, after acquiring a liberal education in the public schools at Easton's Corners, and working with his father on the farm during the winter months, went to work in a flourmill at Merrickville, Ont., owned by his uncle, H.S. Easton, serving an apprenticeship of three years, after which he was promoted to be chief miller, holding that position five years; and as his uncle was the owner of vessels, our subject, in the meantime, sailed some while in his employ, he first going as second engineer on the steamer Mary Ann, part of two seasons, and in 1872 he was appointed chief engineer on the tug H.P. Clinton, closing the season as chief on his father's tug Sea Gull. The year following he joined the steamer Dunkirk as chief, but before the close of the season he accepted an offer to run the engine in a sawmill at Milwaukee, which position he held until the spring of 1876, when he entered the employ of Eddy & Avery as chief engineer on the lake tug McDonald, engaged in towing, and engineered her eleven seasons. In the spring of 1887 he was appointed chief engineer on the steamer Mary Martini. The next year he took the tug Maud S., and ran her three seasons, then going as chief engineer on the steamer George W. Morley. Mr. McCrea then entered the employ of Captain Boutell as chief engineer on the tug Niagara, engaged in towing logs from Georgian Bay to Saginaw river, which position he filled for some years, and has well earned the confidence and esteem of the owners for the satisfactiory manner in which he has performed his duties.

In July, 1873, Mr. McCrea was wedded to Miss Elida, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Sherman) Daniels, of Kendallville, Ind., and who is a cousin to General Senator Sherman. Two children have been born to this union: Samuel and Frances, both attending school at Chesaning, Mich., where the family homestead is located. Fraternally, Mr. McCrea is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, No. 27, of Bay City, and has been treasurer of his lodge seven consecutive years.


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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.