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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 John C. McLeod

Captain John C. McLeod has been captain of the steamer Osceola for the past four years, and thogh his years do not give him a place among the older mariners of the lakes, he ranks justly as a trustworthy and reliable man among the first. He is a native of Nova Scotia, born February 3, 1856, a son of Donald McLeod, who was born in Lochinvar, Scotland, and came to America, locating in Nova Scotia, where he followed his calling, that of a fisherman, for a number of years. Later he became a farmer.

John C. McLeod passed his youthful days in the place of his birth, and was about twelve years of age when the family removed to Upper Canada, where the father engaged in agricultural pursuits. There he received his schooling, which was rather limited, but fortunately his ambition to learn did not end with his attendance at school, and he has read and studied all his life, acquiring a good store of practical and useful information on subjects of general interest to intelligent people. When fourteen he commenced what has proved to be his life vocation, shipping from Sarnia, Canada, on the New Dominion, on which he remained for about a year. The following year he sailed on American vessels, and in about 1880 he had risen to the position of second mate on the Ontario, a Canadian boat out of Sarnia. He held that berth one year, being subsequently employed in the same capacity on the Manitoba, of the same line, which plied along the north shore of Lake Superior conveying supplies to Hudson boats for the Indians. After serving on this boat for parts of three seasons he became captain of the tugboat Houghton, which was owned at Sault Ste. Marie, and the following season was on the ferry Essex, running between Port Huron and Sarnia. During the three succeeding years he was connected with the consruction of the St. Clair tunnel, working as foreman; and he started the first gang of men at work who drove a pick there. However, he returned to the lakes, in the position of wheelsman on the steamer Roanoke for about three years, his next vessel being the Colorado, on which he filled the same position for part of a season. The following season he went as second mate on the Osceola, plying between Port Huron and Duluth; then was promoted to mate, and from that time up to 1898 served as master.

The Captain has proved faithful and competent in his responsible position, and has been very fortunate and successful in handling and running his boats; he was never known to draw back in stormy weather. For the past four winters he has been running across Lake Michigan with exceedingly good luck, one winter making sixty trips. Captain McLeod takes to his vocation naturally, for he comes of a family of mariners. His maternal grandfather, James Rown, was mate of the first steamer that ever ran into Glasgow, Scotland, and Capt. Duncan Rown sailed one of the first vessels on the lower lakes. Our subject has two brothers on the lakes: Capt. Robert McLeod of the Shenango No. 1; and Duncan McLeod, first mate of the Osceola.

Captain McLeod was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Scanlon, and they have a family of five children: Margaret, Charles, John, Catherine and Angus.


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Volume I

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.