A. H. McLachlan
A.H. McLachlan, who was at one time the efficient pilot of the City of Buffalo, is a young man whose future is full of promise, judging from the advancements he has made from time to time on different boats upon which he has served. At the age of seventeen he went sailing, and since that time has devoted all his attention to thorough knowledge of marine affairs.
He was born November 17, 1861, at Detroit, Michigan. He lived there about two years, and then removed with his parents to Alvinston, Ontario, where he lived about fourteen years, there obtaining an education from the public schools. He first shipped on the North West, and spent the first year as deckhand, after which he acted as watchman one season. As wheelsman and lookout he spent two seasons on the old City of Detroit, two years as second mate, and in June, 1887, was given the position as mate, which he held until the close of navigation in 1888. During 1889 and 1890 he acted as mate on the new City of Detroit, and in 1891 went on the barge C. Towar as second mate. In 1892 he acted as second mate of the Flora, in 1893 of the State of New York, and in 1894 and 1895 as second mate of the State of Ohio. When the City of Buffalo came out new in 1896 he was given the position of pilot, and served in that capacity for the following two seasons, and in 1898, when the City of Erie came out new, he was transferred to her as pilot.
Mr. McLachlan is a son of H. T. and Jane (Ferguson) McLachlan, natives of Canada, the former of whom has been a sailor on the lakes about forty years. Daniel and John, brothers of the subject of this sketch, are both sailors, the former frequently going to England.
On December 26, 1888, Mr. McLachlan was married to Miss Alberta M. Blain, of Detroit. He is a member of the Masonic order, and is second officer of the A. A. of Masters and Pilots, Cleveland Harbor No. 42.
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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.