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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Dugald McLachlan

In Detroit and vicinity Capt. Dugald McLachlan is well known among marine men, having spent many years of his life in that occupation, but has not sailed since 1895, having last been in the command of the City of Cleveland of the D & C line. He was born January 1, 1845, at Dunoon, near Glasgow, Scotland, and in that country spent the first ten years of his life, after which he came to America and settled in Canada. He is the son of Donald and Anna (Cameron) McLachlan, natives of Scotland, who died in 1855 and 1894, respectively.

In early life Captain McLachlan had a desire to be a sailor, and in gratifying this desire shipped on the propeller Montgomery as a deckhand, when he was nineteen years of age. He then shipped on the Morning Star of the D & C line, there acting as deckhand a short time, after which he spent two years on sailing craft, among which were the schooner C. J. Roeder and the barge City of Milwaukee. he sailed on the Surveyor and the Search, both government boats and steamers; then was on the Coquette, which went ashore at Rock Island, Green Bay, in a snowstorm, and was left there a wreck. he then spent one year on the tugs Sampson and Metamora, as wheelsmen, second mate and mate; the tug Sampson was burned at Amherstburg, and all on board being asleep when she took fire they had to jump for their lives; later he went on the propeller Chicago as wheelsman.

After a season spent on the Fountain City as wheelsman, he returned in 1868 to the Morning Star, which was lost the same year on Lake Erie, in a collision with the bark Courtland. In the place of this boat the North West, now called the Greyhound, was chartered, and upon that he finished the season and spent the following year. After spending four years on the R. J. Hackett as second mate, he entered the police force, and there spent about thirteen months. He then returned to the North West as mate and pilot, and finally became master, remaining four years; after which he brought out the City of Cleveland in 1866 and sailed until 1895.

Captain McLachlan stood high in the estimation of his employers, who knew him to be a man thoroughly acquainted with his business, and one who exercised the greatest thought and care in all matters under his direction.

January 4, 1873, he was married to Miss Elizabeth McKellar, a native of Canada, who died April 12, 1891. They had four children: Harry S., born July 21, 1875, who died February 14, 1883; Donald L., born September 26, 1878, and is sailing at this writing; Katie, born September 22, 1880, who died February 5, 1883; and William, born April 17, 1888, who is attending school at the present time.

On December 20, 1893, Captain McLachlan was married to Jeanette Campbell, and resides with his family at No. 185 17th street.

Donald L. has been sailing for two years, in 1897 went on the City of Cleveland, and for the last two seasons has been on Lake Superior.


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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.