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
Table of Illustrations

Captain Samuel Murdock

Captain Samuel Murdock, whose lake career began away back in the "fifties," belongs to a family of sailors. He is the son of William and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Murdock, natives of Scotland, who were married in that country and came to the United States in the year 1831, locating in Clayton, N.Y., where Samuel was born October 15, 1844. (1) John, the oldest son, sailed vessels for E.G. Merrick, of Detroit, for twenty-four years, and for Mr. Barker, of Clayton, N.Y., four years, his last boat being the schooner Brooklyn. (2) Peter sailed as master about twelve years, his last command being the brig Mariner. (3) Andrew sailed for H.A. Ballentine & Co., eight years, closing his lakefaring life on the barge Buffalo; he died in Carlton in 1886. (4) David's experience on the lake was a short one, as he was drowned when the barge Adriatic foundered in Lake Erie, off Long Point, in 1873; he had previously sailed on the barge Ajax. (5) James, who is a twin brother of Samuel, sailed for a time, attaining to the office of mate, but retired and settled on a farm near Midland, Mich. (6) William sailed many years, and became mate of the schooner Monticello.

After acquiring a public-school education in Clayton, N.Y., Samuel Murdock shipped as boy with his brother Peter, in the schooner Reindeer, remaining in that vessel seven years, the last two as mate. In the spring of 1864 he was appointed mate of the bark Danube, in which he continued two seasons, and in 1866 he was advanced to the position of master in the brig Isabelle, which he sailed two seasons. In 1868 he brought out the American Giant new for John Kelderhouse, of Buffalo, and commanded her two seasons, following with two seasons as master of the schooner John Kelderhouse, owned by Charles Chase, of Chicago. In 1872 he purchased a half-interest in the propeller Dunkirk, which he sailed successfully three seasons and sold, going as master of the steamer Oakland the next season. The two succeeding seasons he sailed as master of the schooners Harvey Bissell and G.J. Boyce. In the spring of 1878 he was appointed master of the schooner H.C. Winslow, owned by Captain Fifield, and sailed her nine years, giving good business satisfaction to the owner, at the close of that service entering the employ of Capt. B. Boutell as master of the lake tug Niagara, he sailed her two seasons, transferring the Sea Gull, in which he remained three seasons. In the spring of 1891 Captain Murdock was appointed master of the lake tug George W. Parker; his next command, in 1894, was the steamer Manistique, of which he again took charge after the lapse of a year during which he was ashore, sailing her three successive seasons; she was among the first vessels to sail at the opening of navigation in 1898. The Captain is a thorough-going sailor and his long experience entitles him to be recognized as one of the best qualified masters.

Captain Murdock was united in marriage, in August, 1868, to Miss Laura Goodson, daughter of James and Caroline Goodson, of Bay City. They have two children, Prescott, who is a graduate of the Bay City high school, and Helen, who attends same.


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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.