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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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Murdock N. McDonald

Murdock N. McDonald, a young engineer of good repute, and one who has advanced rapidly in the line of his chosen work, and holds the berth of first assistant engineer on one of the most notable passenger steamers on the lakes, the North Land, is the descendant of a good old Scotch ancestry on both sides, his parents being Norman and Annie (McCrea) McDonald, of Stornoway, Scotland, where the subject of this sketch was born December, 1867. His parents are still living at the old homestead in that city. His opportunities for acquiring an education were limited to the public schools of his native place, and he was early apprenticed to the firm of McClelland & Co., in Stornoway, to learn the machinist's trade, turning to good account the seven years put in their employ, and becoming a thoroughly qualified constructor.

At this time a longing for a change of scenery and country coming over him, he took passage on a steamer bound for the shores of the New World, where he was to take his future welfare in his own hands. On landing in the United States he went directly to Duluth, Minn., and, in 1887, obtained the berth of engineer on the tug Maud S., which he retained four seasons, in the spring of 1891 joining the passenger steamer Hiram R. Dixon, of the A. Booth Packing Company. The next spring he shipped as second engineer on the steamer Nyanza, holding that berth two seasons. At the close of navigation, in the fall of 1893, he entered the employ of Burnett Iron Works Company, at Duluth, continuing in this position until the spring of 1895, when he joined the tug Charles M. Ritter, as engineer. He then purchased the tug Jessie Slyfield, and operated her in St. Louis bay and river, doing general towing until fall, when he sold her. On February 3, 1897, Mr. McDonald entered the employ of the Northern Steamship Company, as second assistant engineer of the passenger steamer, North West, plying between Buffalo and Duluth, remaining on her in this position till July, when he was promoted to first assistant on the same vessel; and in February, 1898, he was transferred to the sister ship, North Land, as first assistant, and on August 16, of the same year, was advanced to the position of chief engineer, holding it through the season. He has his eight issues of license as marine engineer.

Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Foresters, and of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 78, of Duluth. Two brothers, William, who is a farmer in Manitoba, and Alexander, for three years a member of the engineer's crew of the North Land, came to this country a year following Murdock's landing in America.

On May 25, 1894, Mr. McDonald was united in marriage to Miss Della, daughter of John and Annie (McKay) McDonald, of Green Bay, Wis., but originally from Scotland, and though of the same name were in no wise related. Two children, Lillian and Murdock, have been born to this union, the son dying when but six months old.


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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.