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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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Jacob McDowell

Captain Jacob McDowell has had numerous and varied experiences on land and water. He has served many years as master on the lakes, and in the Civil war he also won for himself the rank of Captain, thus giving the title a double significance. He is the son of Alexander and Maria (Smith) McDowell, the former of whom, a native of Ireland, spent the greater part of his life in America, dying in 1849; he was custom-house officer for many years at Kingston, Ontario. The mother, who was a native of New York State, died in 1871.

Captain McDowell was born April 12, 1834, at Cape Vincent, N.Y. Soon after his birth, however, the family removed to Kingston, Ontario, where they lived for fourteen years, on their return to New York settling at Oswego. Jacob received his education at the schools of Kingston, and then began the marine life to which he has since devoted so much of his time, shipping first on the Hudson as boy for a season, and going on the Annie Winslow for the same length of time. He then served in various capacities on different schooners until 1862, when he enlisted in the Union army, serving in Company K, One Hundred and Sixtieth N.Y.V.I., until August 5, 1863, when he received an honorable discharge at Palmyra, N.Y. During this time his life was marked with much distinction, for he was appointed first lieutenant in June, 1863 -- this promotion being closely followed by his captain's commission. He was in all the battles fought under Major-General Banks, and had the good fortune to escape from all unwounded, but was confined in Libby prison from the time of the battle of Cedar Creek until February 22, 1865.

Upon his return home Captain McDowell resumed his old occupation and shipped on the schooner Richards as mate, spending the following seasons on the Czar and James C. King as second mate. During the winter of 1869 he went to New Orleans and sailed a small schooner, and then returning to the lakes he took command of the Thomas Mott and John Webber for one season. Following this he visited South America, where he was employed on a yacht owned by the president of Peru, and visited all of the principal ports of the continent. Shipping next out of Liverpool, England, he made several trips to America as second mate of the Isaac Webb, and then served in the same capacity on a bark plying to the West Indies. Again he returned to the lakes and spent two years on the Angus Smith as mate, the three succeeding years filling the same berth on the Winslow, and the next season on the E.C. Hutchison. The following year he sailed the Moonlight, and during 1888 and 1889 acted as mate on the Queen of the West, transferring the next year to the Griffin to occupy the same berth, which he still holds.

Captain McDowell married Miss Annie Mullett, a native of Switzerland, and they have two children: Nora, who is married and resides in Cleveland, and Ada, who is still in school. The Captain is a member of the Equitable Aid Society of Pennsylvania and of the "Forlorn Hope". John McDowell, his brother, has been master on the lakes for many years, and also served in the Civil war. Another brother, Charles McDowell, has been connected with the First National Bank of Oswego, N.Y., for many years.


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Volume I

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.