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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 James W. Millen

Captain James W. Millen, president of the Lake Carriers Association for 1897, is one of the best known of the active vesselmen in Detroit. His robust form and genial, smooth-shaven face are familiar to the patrons of the Star lines of steamers, as he has been wont to sit under the awnings over the freight shed at the foot of Griswold street, on hot summer afternoons and watch the departure of the steamers for Toledo and Port Huron.

Captain Millen was born at Millen's Bay (called after his father), in the township of Lyme, Jefferson Co., N.Y. In the year 1850, while yet a boy, he began sailing, his first berth being on the schooner Pathfinder. He was on this vessel three years, the last year being as mate, and was then on the Montezuma one year, and on the Sovereign of the Lakes one year. In 1856 he went on the schooner Flying Cloud, where he remained three years-two years as second mate and one year as mate. At the end of that time he went back to his old boat, the Montezuma, and purchasing an interest in the schooner, sailed as her master from 1859 to 1866. In the latter year a new schooner, the Montpelier, built by Sam Johnson, at Clayton, N.Y. made her appearance, and he was master of this vessel three seasons.

Captain Millen purchased a third-interest in the tug Samson in 1869, and for four seasons operated her on a the Detroit river. The new tug Niagara came out in 1873, he owning an interest and commanding her for six seasons. In 1880 he purchased an interest in the Detroit Transportation Company, which company owned a line of boats which operated in the Lake Superior iron ore trade. Captain Millen sailed the Iron Age during the season of 1880, and the Iron Duke in 1881. He retired from the lakes in 1882, and has since been contented to let others do the sailing, while he attends to the business end of the many enterprises in which he has become interested.

To the general public Captain Millen is best known through his connection with the Star lines of steamers, but to vesselmen his interests in freight traffic are probably more important. He is at present general manager of the Red Star line, owning the steamer Greyhound, and of the White Star line, owning the steamer City of Toledo. He is president of the Buffalo and Duluth Transportation Company, director and manager of the Duluth and Atlantic Transportation Company, secretary and general manager of the Hamtramack Transportation Company, and treasurer of the Swain Wrecking Company, besides being a member of the firm of Parker and Millen, vessel and insurance agents. With all these varied interests to keep track of he is necessarily a busy man, yet always finds time to greet an old friend or make a new one. He was elected president of the Lake Carriers Association in 1897. In September 1897, the Captain was appointed a commissioner of the water board, and in January 1898, he was appointed a member of the board of public works, being a commissioner. The former office he resigned in March, 1898. Both appointments were made by the mayor.


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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.