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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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William J. McMurty

William J. McMurty, son of Charles and Jane (McIlwaine) McMurty, is a native of Ireland, born at Belfast, January 30, 1861.

At the age of sixteen Mr. McMurty shipped as boy on the bark Eleanor, Belfast to Quebec, on which he remained about six months, until she was waterlogged and sunk, he and the balance of the crew taking to the small boats. After three days drifting they were picked up by an Italian bark and carried into Falmouth, where our subject immediately shipped as ordinary seaman on the brig Isabelle, continuing seven months on her, after which he went as able seaman aboard the Ariadne for the next six months. The barkentine Clara, to South America, had him aboard for five months, the Orontes, to St. Johns, N.B., the next six weeks, and thence, without going ashore, he stepped into the new brigantine Ohio, bound for Ireland. After four months' service there he shipped on her to the Mediterranean, and then coasted around St. Johns for about a year, thence shipping on the British Queen to Valencia, Spain, where he went in the Erato to Hull, England. From the latter port he again began coasting on the Ensign, Flexmoss and others, around England and France, for about nine months, and then went into the Caledonia, on a voyage of three months to the Mediterranean and Black Sea, then on the Kohinoor to Calcutta, and then on the Mooltan to London, from where he went home on a visit.

Finally, in 1886, he went to Chicago, where he began his lake career, as watchman on the Arabia to Buffalo, and then as lookout on the Syracuse, finishing that season wheeling the Vanderbilt. In 1887, he was wheelsman on the Chicago, and during the early part of 1888 as lookout on the Wyoming, finishing that and the season of 1889 on the Boston as wheelsman. For the season of 1890 he was lookout on the Chicago, and then went home to Ireland again, returning in 1891 and going as lookout on the Boston till August, spending the balance of that season on the Harlem. In 1892 he was lookout on the Badger State until August, and finished the season as second mate of the Milwaukee. For the two succeeding seasons he served as second mate of the Chicago, in 1895 shipping on the Anchor line as wheelsman on the Mahoning, and in 1896 he was second mate of the Chemung, until the Ramapo was brought out. He was also second mate on her, and engaged as second mate on the John V. Moran for 1897. For the season of 1898 he was second mate of the W. H. Stevens.

On January 12, 1891, Mr. McMurty was married, at Belfast, Ireland, to Margaret Jane Ferguson, of that city, by whom he has had three children, two of whom are living; William J., Jr., and Margaret. The family reside at No. 244 Fulton street, Buffalo, New York.


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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.