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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John Miller

John Miller, a son of Capt. Harry and Elizabeth E. (Realey) Miller, was born in the year 1845, at Spring Lake, Mich. His father, who was born in 1806, at Lubeck, Germany, was an old salt-water skipper, who commenced his seafaring life in 1818, at the age of twelve years, continuing on the ocean until 1832, during which period he commanded many excellent ships. He then came to the United States stopping a short time in New York city, but finally locating at Spring Lake, Mich., a short distance above Grand Haven, on the east shore, at that time a great lumber district, where he was numbered among the early pioneers. After reaching the lake region he again commenced his sailing career in the employ of Barber & Mason as master of the schooners Commodore Perry and Porcupine. He also sailed for Oliver Newberry, of Detroit, and Perry & Son, of Grand Haven. He then purchased the schooner Ocean, and sailed her until he retired, which was in 1859, a year after the death of his wife. The children are: Captain David, who died in 1894; George W., a hardware merchant of Grand Haven, Mich.; Capt. Daniel F., of the steamer McVea; Mary I., now the wife of I.H. Sanford, of Grand Haven; Marshall, and John. The father died in 1876 at the age of sixty-nine years.

John Miller, the subject of this sketch, attended the public schools of his native town, with the exception of one summer, when he went as fireman on the steamer T. Jones out of Grand Haven, until he reached the age of sixteen years. At the breaking out of the Civil war in 1861 he enlisted in the 3d Michigan Light Artillery, and was assigned to the Sixteenth Corps of the Western Army, and was with General Sherman on his great march to the sea. His battery participated in nineteen battles, among which were Farmington, Corinth, Iuka, Cheraw, Resaca, Lookout Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Decatur, Atlanta, Tuscumbia, Goldsboro, Savannah and Bentonville. He was honorably discharged June 21, 1865, at Detroit, Michigan.

After his return home he went to school a short time, and in 1866 at the age of twenty-one he took out marine engineer's papers and was appointed chief engineer of the steamer tug, Hunter Savidge, holding that berth two seasons. In 1868 he was chief engineer of the steamer T.D. Dole. In the fall of that year he was one of the volunteer lifeboat crew, under the command of Capt. Richard Connell, that rescued the passengers and crew, numbering about sixty persons, of the steamer Milwaukee, wrecked on Lake Michigan, off Grand Haven. In 1869-70, he was chief engineer of the steamer Tempest, and in 1871-72 chief engineer of the steamer Leader. In 1873 he went to Chicago and was placed in charge of a locomotive on the Chicago & West Michigan railroad, with which company he remained four years; after that he passed four years with the Illinois, Midland & Valdalia Railroad Company as locomotive engineer.

In the spring of 1881 he returned to his lakefaring life, serving as engineer on the T.W. Snook for two seasons. In 1883 he shipped on the steamer C. Hickox as chief engineer, retaining that berth four seasons. The seasons of 1887-88 he was chief of the steamer H.L. Worthington; 1889, chief of the steamer M.C. Neff, laying her up January 10, 1890; chief of the steamer A.D. Hayward for the Howell Lumber Company, of Chicago, four seasons; 1895, again chief of the A.D. Hayward. In 1896 he entered the employ of the Barry Brothers, of Chicago, as engineer of the tug Welcome, in the wrecking business, and in the spring of 1897 he shipped as chief engineer on the steamer Siberia with Capt. R.C. Pringle, thus covering a period of thirty-one years as engineer.

He is a member of the beneficial order of Maccabees, of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, and is a Master Mason of good report.

In 1870 Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Miss Mary I. Dixon, daughter of George W. Dixon, of Spring Lake, Mich. Their children are: Lulu F., who is assistant librarian in Hackley library, Muskegon, Mich.; and Daisy M.E., a teacher in the public school at Muskegon, where the family reside.


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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.