Dell E. Miney
Dell E. Miney, who has sailed out of Buffalo harbor for many years as engineer and master, is a son of Anthony Miney, a lighter captain in New York harbor. Our subject had four brothers, two of whom were also engineers.
Mr. Miney was born May 25, 1858, at Clyde, Wayne Co., N. Y., at which place he obtained his common-school education. At the age of fourteen he went to New York City, and there obtained employment as fireman on the tug Eleanor A. Kent, on which he remained two years, subsequently acting as fireman on the tug C. H. Starbuck for about six months. For the succeeding fourteen months he was greaser on the steamers that plied between New York and Tampa, Fla., in the fruit trade, and then, in 1883, removed to Buffalo to fill various positions on harbor tugs for four consecutive seasons. Beginning with 1886 Mr. Miney was engineer of the yacht Clara A. McIntire, two seasons, in Buffalo harbor. During the season of 1888 he was engineer of the Leo Lennox and James Ash, respectively, and during 1889 was engineer of the firetug City of Buffalo until May 26, when he became engineer of the Leo Lennox, remaining as such until the close of navigation. In 1890 and 1891 he was employed ashore; in 1892-93-94 he was captain of the Post Boy, and in 1895-96-97 was captain of the Adam Homer, now known as the Harlem, of which he was captain during the season of 1898. For eleven years Mr. Miney has been with the White Star Tug line and has eleven issues of engineer's papers and nine of master's papers. In the winter of 1896-97 he was engineer of the tug H. J. Warren for the Buffalo Dredge Company. Mr. Miney has been a member of the Buffalo Harbor Tug Pilots Association since 1893, and carries Pennant No. 93; and has been member of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of Steam vessels since March, 1896.
In 1887 Mr. Miney was married to Miss Lena M. Kohn, by whom he has three children - Willis Adelbert, at this writing, aged eight; Leona M., aged six; and Earl H., aged two years. The family reside at No. 87 Wadsworth 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.