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 John McLachlin

Captain John McLachlin, who has been engaged as master in the tugging business out of Bay City, Mich., for many years, was born in Dunwich Township, Elgin County, Ontario, on September 1, 1842. He is the son of Archie and Catherine (McLellan) McLachlin, the former a native of Argyle, Scotland, the latter born in Canada, of Scotch parents also from Argyle. At an early age Archie McLachlin commenced the life of a seaman out of Glasgow, serving an apprenticeship of five years and visiting many European ports, including in his voyages one to the East Indies. When but nineteen years of age he came to the United States, and stopped at Erie, Penn., for a short time. He had no comprehensive idea of the magnitude of the lake commerce in those days, but seeing the steamer Queen City, owned by Mr. Reed, lying at the dock, he shipped on her and found himself well satisfied to remain in the lake region. About this time Chicago was in her infancy and cargoes destined for that port were unloaded into scows to be discharged on the docks. Mr. McLachlin was mate in the steamer Keystone State and among other notable steamers the Western World and Louisiana, remaining in the Reed employ about twenty years. His family consisted of eight sons: Duncan, John, Archie, Angus, Abner, Colon, Isaac and Lachlin. The eldest, Duncan, who was a vessel captain, sailed the schooners A. Shade and Indian Maid, and was mate of the Three Bells, of Toronto, and the Hubbard, of Sandusky.

In the spring of 1861 John McLachlin left home and went to Cleveland, where he shipped with Captain Rummage as boy in the Winslow, remaining with her two seasons, the second as seaman. In the spring of 1863 he went with Capt. John Varner as second mate in the schooner Ellington. His service during the next eight seasons was as follows: On the bark Jennie P. Mack, of Port Burwell, with Capt. Alex McBride: as wheelsman in the Morning Star, with Captain Visier; with Captain Campbell, in the George Laidlow, a saltwater barkentine, owned by Mr. Taylor; on the schooner Hubbard, of Sandusky, two seasons; on the schooner Lookout, of Milwaukee, with Capt. J. Thompson, two seasons; in the schooner Fitzgerald, with Captain Fitzgerald. In 1870 he accepted a lucrative position in a lumber camp at Unionville, Mich., where he remained ten years. In the spring of 1880 Captain McLachlin went to Bay City, Mich., and entered the employ of Captain Boutell as master of the tug Sea Gull, and during the fifteen years of his service with Captain Boutell has transferred from one tug to another as occasion required, sailing the tug Cora B., again as master on the Sea Gull three seasons, as master on the Annie Moiles, mate on the lake tugs Music, Emerald, Traveler and Niagara, and as master of the tug Annie Moiles in 1897. The three intervening seasons he was in the employ of the Michigan Log Towing Company, as master of the tug Avery two seasons and of the tug Howard one season.

On November 9, 1870, Captain McLachlin wedded Miss Annie McIntyre, of Ekfried township, Middlesex County, Ontario, and they have had four children; Archie, who is a captain of the tug Charley O. Smith; Ward, who is a mate on the same boat; Henrietta, and Alice. Socially the Captain is a Master Mason and a member of the Knights of the Maccabees.


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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.