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 James McKerrall

Captain James McKerrall, of Cleveland, was born in Bangor, Ireland, in 1839. His father, also named James, was an ocean sailor, and died of yellow fever in the West Indies. The Captain commenced sailing at the age of twenty-one as steward of the bark Standard, an ocean vessel, later shipping on the Golden Era and the Lighting in turn, going to Melbourne, Australia, where he ran away to the gold diggings for three months. He next shipped on the Pioneer, a very speedy vessel, which held the record at that time of having made the quickest trip from Melbourne to the Line. Then he joined the ship America, making a trip to Appalachicola for cotton, and his next voyage was to Bombay as second mate in the Rosalia. On returning to England he engaged to go again on the ship America, which was waiting for orders, and he remained at his home in Bangor prepared to go when she was ready. When he received notice that the vessel was to sail Mr. McKerrall started for the point of departure, but he missed the boat that was to carry him there and the America sailed without him; soon afterward he learned that she was lost with all hands on the trip. Having missed this vessel he shipped on another belonging to the same line and made a voyage round the Horn and up to Puget Sound, to Australia and back to England, where he joined the ship Sir Jmsetgee Custegee, making the trip to Bombay. Following this he sailed in an opium clipper, returning to Bombay, and next sailed to Quebec in the ship Elmira, on the return voyage being driven by a furious gale into a harbor near Holyhead, and there going aground in sight of eleven other wrecked vessels. A tug was finally secured to tow the vessel to port, but before reaching it she seemed to drag heavily on the bottom, and it was found that a portion of the mizzen mast had gone through the hull of the ship when the masts went overboard. At the conclusion of this trip Mr. McKerrall returned to Bangor, where he married Miss Jane Phillips Hassan. They have had three children: William Hassan, who is a successful dentist, having an office on Euclid avenue, Cleveland; John, a machinist, and James, Jr., who died at the age of eighteen years.

Mr. McKerrall now made his last ocean voyage, going to Cadiz, Spain, on the steamer St. Patrick, with a load of convicts for Little Fish Bay, on the coast of Africa. The convicts planned to mutiny and seize the vessel, but their designs were discovered and the protetion of a British warship sought, the ringleaders being taken off their vessel. Our subject was at St. Paul de Loando on this voyage when the explorer Livingston left Africa for his home, a bent and grizzled old man. On the completion of this trip Mr. McKerrall brought his family to the United States, coming in the schooner William Topscott, and at once commenced life on the lakes. Joining the schooner Clayton Belle he sailed in her two seasons, becoming first mate. After serving a short time in a small schooner from Buffalo he became mate on the schooner George Sherman, the W. W. Arnold and the Empire State, in turn, later serving in the same capacity on the Southwest (three years), Edward Kelly (five years), E. Fitzgerald, Sophia Minch, Sunrise, bark Sunnyside and schooner Gilmore. At this time he made a trip to the old country to see his mother and father. Returning he remained on shore for three years, employed in Chicago, St. Louis, and Austin, Texas, and finally shipped as mate of the schooner Constitution, transferring from her to the schooner Mineral State as master, and subsequently serving as mate of the steamer James F. Shrigley, second mate of the Tuttle, and mate of the steamer H. B. Tuttle. This closed his sailing career, and he accepted the position with the Hill Clutch Works, of Cleveland, which he still retains, having charge of the store room of the works.


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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.