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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Donald S. McDonald

Captain Donald S. McDonald, master of the steamer Sevona for the season of 1897, is a native of Canada, born at Dunnville, Ont., August 28, 1861.

The Captain is a son of James and Margaret (Burgess) McDonald, both of whom reside at North East, Penn. The former, now a retired merchant, was born in Scotland, and the latter at Niagara Falls. There were seven children in the family, of whom James is a grocer at North East; John is assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Erie, Penn.; Arthur is bookkeeper in the same bank; Frederick is in New York, as correspondent of the bank; Annie lives with her parents; and Hall is a clerk in the grocery store of his brother James.

Capt. John Burgess, father of Mrs. McDonald, was a Scotchman, and at one time owned and sailed ships out of London, England, in the Mediterranean trade, and was also for several years on the Canadian lighthouse board, located at Dunnville, Ont. Capt. Alexander Sutherland, also a Scotchman, first cousin of Mrs. McDonald, first sailed the old iron steamer Magnet, which was brought to Canada in pieces, stowed away in a shiphold and put together at Kingston. She was in the passenger and mail service between Toronto and Montreal.

At the age of two years Captain McDonald removed to North East with his parents, where he lived until sixteen, in the meantime attending school. In 1877 he left home to indulge his desire to become a seafaring man, taking passage from New York to Glasgow, Scotland. After a stay on shore of about six weeks he shipped for the West Indies on the ship Hilding, of Christiania, Norway, and was wrecked on the coast of Ireland when but ten days out, all but three of the crew of nine being drowned. He remained aloft on a mast all night, but was released the next day, and taken to the castle of Sir Harvey Bruce, which was but a short distance from the scene of the wreck, and entertained for ten days. At the end of that period he proceeded to Londonderry, in the North of Ireland, and shipped on the merchantman Huntington, of Leith, Scotland, remaining eight months in the coast trade along the west shore of Ireland. His next service was as ordinary seaman on the steamship Shumlee, built on the Clyde for the China tea trade from Glasgow through the Suez canal to Hong Kong, stopping at Singapore. At Hong Kong the crew were all paid off because of the sale of the ship, and Captain McDonald remained ashore there three months. He finally shipped on the bark Ida Melmore, to Yokohama and San Francisco, at which latter place he remained ashore a month, and then took a voyage in the full-rigged British ship Fiona to Hull, England. They carried a cargo of wheat, and the voyage occupied 155 days. Upon his arrival at Hull, Captain McDonald immediately took passage by rail to Edinburgh and back to Glasgow, from there going to Downhill castle, the home of Sir Harvey and Lady Bruce, near the scene of his first shipwreck, where he made a visit of two weeks. Returning to Glasgow he shipped for Melborne, Australia, upon the full-rigged ship Ben Crughen, and, upon reaching that destination, left to spend sixty days in the gold diggings south of Botany Bay. From Sydney, New South Wales, he went on board the ship Hereward (named for the last of the Saxon kings), which carried a cargo of coal to San Francisco, and from that port returned to London, England, the trip taking 140 days.

From London Captain McDonald shipped on the bark Shiner, of Glasgow, which went on a voyage to Negapatam, Malay Peninsula, thence to Calcutta, and from there to Liverpool, from which place he went by rail to Glasgow. After another short visit with his benefactors at Downhill castle, he shipped from Glasgow to Montreal on the St. Patrick, of the Allan line, which ship he abandoned upon arrival at her destination, going immediately to Kingston, Canada, where he began his lake career. It was in 1882 that he shipped before the mast on the schooner Speedwell, and after four months he left her to go one trip on the schooner Mystic Star to Chicago. From her he went to the schooner Wells Burt, bound for Buffalo, and then obtained a watchman's berth on the steamer Havana, of the Cleveland Transportation Company. That winter he was shipkeeper on the Havana, and others of the same fleet. The next season he was wheelsman on the Havana part of the time, and of the steamer E. B. Hale, of the Bradley fleet, the remainder, and during that winter obtained from old Capt. Ben Stanard, local inspector of Cleveland, a license as first-class pilot. For the season of 1884 he was second mate of the steamer Vienna, of the Cleveland Transportation Company, and in 1885 filled the same berth in the Sparta, until August, when he became second mate of the steamer Ohio, owned by Ryan & Johnson, of Sandusky, Ohio, John Estes being captain and managing owner of her. For the next three seasons he was mate of the Ohio, and in 1889 mate of the Spokane, owned by Thomas Wilson. In 1890 he was mate of the Wiley M. Egan, of the Fitzgerald fleet; in 1891, of the Kalagua, owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, and commanded by Capt. John Lowe; and in 1892 of the Aurora, owned by John Corrigan. In 1893 he was ashore, engaged in the real-estate and fire-insurance business, at North East, and during 1894-95 was master of the steamer Nyanza, of the McBrier fleet, of Erie, Penn. In 1896 the McBrier fleet added the steamer Emily P. Weed to its list of boats, and Captain McDonald was given command of her, sailing her also for the seasons of 1897-98. She has been rechristened, however, and is now known as the Sevona. Captain McDonald is a member of the Ship Masters Association.

In December, 1888, he was married at North East, Penn., to Miss Jessie M. Town, by whom he has two children, Bruce and Jay. The former was named after Sir Harvey Bruce, the friend of his early sailing days. The family residence is at North East, Pennsylvania.


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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.