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 William Markus McGrain

Captain William Markus McGrain has been a reliable mate and pilot of a good class of steamers for the last ten years, and is always attentive to the duties of his office. He is the son of William and Martha (McKee) McGrain, and was born September 27, 1861, at Vermilion, Ohio, the birthplace of so many of the most notable captains and owners of lake vessels in times past. His father was born in Dublin, Ireland, emigrating to the United States about the year 1848, and first locating in Cleveland. Ohio, where he opened a shipsmith shop. He did an extensive business in ironing vessels, among them those of the Bradley fleet. Martha (McKee) McGrain, the mother, was a native of the State of Pennsylvania, removing with her parents to Cleveland, where she met and married Mr. McGrain. During the next few years Mr. McGrain carried on blacksmithing business in Clyde, Norwalk, Lagrange and Sandusky, finally settling down at Vermilion, where he again opened a shipsmith shop, carrying on business there for over twenty years and acquiring some vessel interests, notably in the scows I.U. Masters and Q.B. Conklin. It was there that his son William was reared and attended school, working with his father in the shop in the meantime, until he was fifteen years of age. The other members of the family who followed the lakes are John G., an engineer in one of the Minnesota steamers; George F., now mate in the steamer Henry Chisholm; and Joseph P., mate of the Griffin.

In the spring of 1876 Captain McGrain commenced his lakefaring life in the schooner Anna P. Grover as boy, with Capt. Russell Pelton, remaining in her two seasons and part of the third, when he shipped in the steamer D.P. Rhodes as seaman. In 1879 he transferred to the steamer Charles Wall, closing the season in the steamer East Saginaw as wheelsman, holding that berth until the close of the season of 1880, and passed the next season in the Sophia Minch. In 1882 he was on the Onoko, and on the A. Everett and Cumberland the next two seasons respectively, and in 1885 he shipped as wheelsman in the steamer City of Rome, joining the steamer Wocoken the next spring as second mate. In the spring of 1888 Captain McGrain was appointed mate of the steamer J. H. Devereux, closing, however, as mate in the E.B. Hale. The next spring he was appointed mate of the new steamer Pontiac; 1890, mate of the Corsica; 1891, mate of the steamer Joliette; 1892, mate of the John Harper; 1893-94, mate of the W. L. Wetmore; 1895, mate of the steamer George Presley; 1896, mate, of the steamer St. Paul; 1897, mate, of the Victory, and in 1898, of the steamer Bulgaria, which he laid up at the close of navigation.

In January, 1890, Captain McGrain was wedded to Miss Margaret, daughter of R. M. J. and Ellen (Burns) McKisson, of Northfield, Summit Co., Ohio, and a cousin of Mayor R. McKisson, of Cleveland. Ellen Martha, the only child born to this union, died at the age of 5 years. The family residence is at No. 221 Burton street, Cleveland, Ohio. Socially the Captain is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.


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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.