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
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Captain L. Hugh McGowen

Captain L. Hugh McGowen was born in Port Huron, August 1, 1860, and is a son of Capt. Edward McGowen, who, before his retirement, was one of the best and oldest known masters of the lakes. He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, April 10, 1827, and was brought to America, while still an infant, by his parents, who located at Erie, Penn. His career as a sailor began while he was a boy of thirteen years, and when he reached the age of twenty-one was captain of the schooner Buckeye. He also sailed the brigs Hubbard, Harvest Queen, Vincennes: the barks Mary Stockton, D. S. Austin; propeller City of Madison; steamer Henry Howard; and was pilot of the revenue cutter John Sherman during the season of 1871, when the dense volumes of smoke from the forest fires hung over the lakes and endangered vessel property and lives of the sailors. During this period Capt. Edward McGowen was instrumental in saving many lives. He ranks as captain in the navy, his commission having been issued by the United States Government in 1872. He was pilot of the revenue cutter Fessenden two seasons. The last vessel of which he was master was the schooner Frank C. Leighton. His homestead is in Port Huron, to which he retired from active life on shipboard in 1883, after an eventful career of over half a century. He was wedded to Miss Mary Trombley, of Port Huron, in 1849, to which union eight daughters and six sons were born. Two of the latter, having adopted the life followed by their father, having reached the grade of master on lake vessels.

Capt. L. Hugh McGowen started his career in marine life in 1873 as petty officers' boy on the revenue cutter Fessenden, upon which his father was pilot, and there contracted a desire for the life of a sailor. The next season he shipped as boy on the schooner Home, and after sailing before the mast a number of years in various schooners, was advanced to the office of mate on the David Stewart. The next season he was appointed second mate of the schooner G. F. Boyce, then mate of the H. A. Kent, followed by a season as wheelsman on the steamer Roanoke. That winter he went to Philadelphia, and shipped on the schooner Emma J. Meyers, making a voyage to Havana, Cuba, in the coasting trade. His next schooner on the Atlantic was the Herald, which traded to the West Indies. After an absence of eighteen months he returned to the lakes, and shipped out of Buffalo as wheelsman on the propeller Toledo, with Capt. Harvey Kendall, joining the schooner Mary D. Ayer as second mate the next spring.

In the spring of 1889 Captain McGowen was appointed mate of the schooner R. J. Carney, and in 1890 mate of the steamer Nellie Torrent, holding that berth three seasons, and in 1893 was appointed mate of the steamer Louis Pahlow, remaining in that position five consecutive seasons, and in 1898 was promoted to the position of master of the same steamer.

He is a member of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of Steam Vessels, a Knight of the Maccabees and a Knight of Pythias. He makes his home with his father in Port Huron, Michigan.


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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.