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 H. L. Mills

Captain H. L. Mills is a comparatively young navigator who has succeeded in demonstrating that he is qualified to handle successfully one of the largest and most valuable steel steamers on the lakes. He was born October 22, 1860, at Smithville, five miles from Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., and is the son of Luther and Annie M. (Potter) Mills. The father died when our subject was but a year old, the mother joining him in the better world in 1880, having continued with the assistance of our subject to manage the old homestead farm near Smithville. Hattie A., a twin sister of the Captain, and the only other child, followed her mother four years later to the realm beyond the clouds. In the meantime Captain Mills acquired a liberal education in the public schools at Smithville, and had adopted for his course in life the career of a mariner.

Sacket's Harbor is the scene of much of the earliest history of the lakes, and from that port came a large number of the most notable mariners whose lives were associated with the history contained in these volumes, and it was out of that port that young Mills chose to ship in the United States steamer Surveyor with Captain Powell. This boat was engaged in a survey of the lakes, and he remained with her one season. He then went to New York and joined the full-rigged ship Thomas M. Reed, on a voyage around the Horn to San Francisco. The ship left New York on January 7, and made a long passage of 147 days, reaching San Francisco on June 3. It seemed that the ship was a veritable Flying Dutchman No. 2, as she lay six weeks in the latitude of the Horn without being able to make any progress on her course. After reaching San Francisco, the Captain left his ship and joined the steamer Vera Cruz, plying in the coasting trade between San Francisco and San Pedro, and later shipping in the steamer Orizaba, Goodale & Perkins being the agents. [Mr. Perkins was some years later elected governor of California.] While on the Pacific coast Captain Mills also shipped on a schooner in the lumber trade between ports on the Columbia river and Portland, Oregon, and in the bark Topgallant in the same trade. Getting word of his mother's last illness he took passage by way of the Isthmus of Panama for home, where he arrived in time to receive the blessings of his dying mother.

In the spring of 1881 Captain Mills shipped as seaman in the lighthouse tender Haze with Capt. James McKenzie, was soon promoted to the office of quartermaster, and remained in her two years. He then joined as wheelsman the Union line steamer Avon, with Captain Phelps. In the spring of 1884 he was appointed second mate in the notable steamer Dean Richmond, with Capt. Frank Provost, holding that office two seasons, transferring to the steamer Portage, of the same line, as mate in 1886. The following spring he became mate of the steamer Cuba with Captain Young, but closed the season on the Kasota as mate with Capt. A. E. White. In 1888 he entered the employ of Capt. James Corrigan as master of the large schooner C. W. Adams, transferring as master to the steamer Raleigh; before the close of the season was promoted to be master of the steamer Caledonia, and in 1890 he got the steamer Bulgaria to sail. In the spring of 1891 Captain Mills was appointed master of the steamer John Harper, owned by the American Transportation Company, and sailed her successfully for six years. It was in 1897 that Captain Mills became master of the steel steamer Crescent City, which has a carrying capacity of over 5,500 gross tons.

Socially, the Captain is a Master Mason of Sacket's Harbor Lodge No. 134; Royal Arch Mason of Chapter 69, and a Knight Templar of Watertown Commandery No. 11.

On January 15, 1890, Capt. H. L. Mills was wedded to Miss Carrie M., daughter of O. M. and Angeline Stanley, of Smithville, N. Y. The family homestead is situated at No. 2 Pleasant street, Watertown, 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.