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 Robert Rowan McLeod

Captain Robert Rowan McLeod is one of the few lake masters who have made a success of winter navigation, in which he has been engaged in the interests of railroad companies for the last ten years. He is a son of Donald and Isabelle (Rowan) McLeod, and was born October 3, 1862, at Kincardine, Ontario. His parents are natives of Scotland, the father being born in Sutherlandshire, and the mother at Edinburgh. They were not married when their respective parents removed to America, locating at Woodstock, Ontario, where they met, afterward going to Kincardine, where the marriage ceremony was performed. The young people then made that city their home, and as their five sons grew up they adopted the life of a sailor; John C. became master of the steamer Osceola; Duncan A. also sailed the Osceola; John S. is wheelsman on the steamer R.W. Linn, and H.D. is second mate on the steamer Gordon Campbell.

Capt. Robert R. McLeod, the subject of this article, was a pupil of the public schools of Kincardine until he began his life on the lakes, which was in 1874, his first berth being as cook on the schooner Maple Leaf. The next season he filled like offices on the steamer Mary Ross Robinson, plying between Georgian Bay ports and Chicago. In the spring of 1876 he shipped as deckhand on the steamer Ontario, but after two weeks he became watchman, and a month later was advanced to the berth of wheelsman, performing the duties of such for seven seasons, after which he transferred to the English-built steamer Campana. In the spring of 1884 Captain McLeod was appointed second mate of the Pacific railroad passenger steamer Algomah, the first of the three Scotch-built steamers put on the route. The next season he joined the steamer Rhoda Emily as second mate, transferring to the passenger steamer A. Booth as mate, and held that office until she was wrecked at Grand Portage island, Lake Superior. He closed the year as mate of the steamer T.H. Kemp. In 1886 he shipped as second mate of the steamer Roanoke, and was soon promoted to the office of mate, which he held until the spring of 1888, when he joined the steamer Wisconsin as mate, remaining with her two seasons.

In the spring of 1890 Captain McLeod was appointed mate of the steamer Osceola, going onto the Colorado the next season, and after laying her up at the close of navigation, he went as mate on the railroad steamer Ann Arbor No. 2, plying between the winter months between Frankfort and Kewaunee. The next spring he came out as master of the Osceola, but at the close of the season he was appointed master of the Ann Arbor No. 1 for the winter navigation. In 1894 he sailed the steamers Colorado and Osceola between Grand Haven and Milwaukee. In the spring of 1895 he again brought out the steamer Colorado and sailed her until September 22, and on October 1, of the same year, he was appointed master of the large carferry steamer Shenango No. 1., and has sailed her, summer and winter, every since. During the twelve years that the Captain has being an officer of a steamboat his record has been unusually clear of casualty.

Socially, he is a Master Mason of Grand Haven Lodge No. 137, and a member of the Maccabees.

In December, 1888, Captain McLeod was wedded to Miss Murdena, daughter of Donald and Christina Martin, of Kincardine, Ont., the marriage ceremony being performed in Duluth. The children born to this union are Bella Rowan and Lulu Wilkie. Although the Captain has a home in Conneaut, the family homestead is in Kincardine, Ontario.


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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.