Captain Daniel McFarlane
Captain Daniel McFarlane, of Delray, Mich., who has been in command of the M. I. Wilcox since 1891, was born November 19, 1853, at Mount Forest, Ont., and at that place spent the first fifteen years of his life. He is the son of Hugh and Flora (McIntyre) McFarlane, natives of Scotland, who are residing at the present time in Windsor, Ont. The father has been a ship-carpenter and sailor the greater part of his life.
When sixteen years of age Daniel McFarlane decided to follow the life of a sailor, and shipped on the Sophia J. Luff, running from Detroit to Ogdensburg, spending part of a season upon this boat as boy, and finishing the year on the barge Venus. The following season he spent three months in the spring on the Nebraska, transferring from her to the schooner Camden, where he served before the mast. He was then mate of the New Dominion, of Toronto, three years, and later served in the capacity of seaman on the Helena, Niagara, Lucerne, barge Guiding Star and schooner Guiding Star, after which he was given the position of second mate on the Daniel G. Fort. From this boat he came on the Unadilla, on which he served before the mast four years and acted as mate one year, and he was then on the Richard Morwood one season, and mate of the Philo Scoville for one and a half years. After holding the berth of second mate on the Edward Kelly and mate on the Canton, he was given his present position, that of master on the M. I. Wilcox, being in the employ of the Michigan Wreck & Salvage Co.
On June 4, 1890, Captain McFarlane was married to Miss Margaret Buchanan, a sister of Hugh Buchanan, chief engineer of the Ira Owen. They have two children: Walter D. and Janette.
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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.