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 Murdick McLean

Captain Murdick McLean, a well known master sailing out of Duluth, Minn., and a born sailor, is a son of Captain John and Mary (Rowan) McLean, natives of Inverness, Scotland, who came to America in the early forties, first locating near St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and later removing to Kincardine, Ontario, where the birth of our subject occurred December 4, 1855.

The father was in the schooner Robert Willis when she disappeared from off the face of the waters, supposed to have been captured and sunk by the Mormons in 1856. Her crew all told consisted of eight men, all the specimens of manhood, six feet and over in height. The Willis left Chicago for Buffalo with a load of flour and provisions late in the fall, expecting to get through the rivers before they froze up. The last seen of the vessel was at the lower end of Lake Michigan when laboring in a snow squall, being seen by J. P. Merrill, of Milwaukee, who was at the Skillagalee lighthouse on Thanksgiving day. Straight out from the island he saw the Willis through a rift in the snow. It would appear that the same rift enabled the crew of the brig to sight the island, as they put about, but the next minute she was shut in again by the storm. That was the last seen or heard of her. Some probability was given to the story that she was lured to Beaver island, and the crew murdered by Mormons under King Stang, by finding, some years afterward, of a grave containing eight corpses, and many believed that this was a solution of the puzzling disappearance. Captain McLean's kinsmen on the maternal side were also lake masters, one of his uncles, Duncan Rowan, having sailed the Emily, held to be the first schooner plying regularly on the east shore of Lake Huron. The mother was also quite handy, and qualified to take her place at the wheel even in heavy weather.

Capt. Murdick McLean, whose school days were passed at Kincardine, shipped as porter in the steamer William Seymour with his uncle, Capt. Duncan Rowan, in 1869, and after two seasons was advanced to the position of wheelsman in the steamer Adelaide Horton until September, when he took the wheel in the tug Welcome. In the spring of 1872 he shipped before the mast in the schooner Fannie Campbell, a Canadian vessel, which went ashore near Kincardine, and was released and drawn into that harbor by teams, hitched tandem fashion. Then followed the bark Butcher Bay; the steamer Benton, of which he was wheelsman; the steamer, Burcher; closing the season in the Asia at the wheel,; the side-wheel steamer Manitoba, plying between Sarnia and Duluth; and the steamer Ontario, in which he shipped as wheelsman and was promoted to second mate. In the spring of 1878 he shipped with Capt. Alexander McDougall, as wheelsman to the steamer City of Duluth, closing the season in the Canadian boat Northern Queen, and after season in another Canadian boat as second mate, he joined the Anchor line steamer Conestoga, as lookout, transferring to the new steamer Boston, of the Western line, and remained with her until July, 1881 when he took out license and was appointed second mate of the steamer Samuel F. Hodge.

The following spring he came out as wheelsman in the steamer Peerless, closing the season as second mate. During the season of 1883 he was mate of the tug T. H. Kent, followed by a season as mate of the steamyacht A. Booth; 1885, master of the Kemp, closing in the steamer Australasia, the largest boat on the lakes; 1886, master of the passenger steamer Isle Royal, plying between Duluth and Port Arthur; 1887-88, on the St. Paul & Duluth railroad dock, and patrolman during the winter in Duluth; 1891, master of the ferry steamer Mayflower, between Duluth and Superior, 1892, mate on the steamer N. K. Fairbanks; 1893, mate on the steam monitor James B. Colgate; 1894-95, mate of the river tug Howard; 1896, wheelsman on the Samuel Mather, mate of the Nahant; 1897, second mate on the steamer Victory and second mate on the Horace A. Tuttle; 1898, master of the passenger steamer Bon Voyage. Socially he is a master Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Foresters.

On December 23, 1884, Captain McLean married Miss Louisa Strieff, of Superior, and the children born to them are: John Duncan (who died at the age of five years), James Rowan and Stanley. The family residence is at No. 122 East Second street, Duluth, Minnesota.


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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.