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 Stephen Maitland Murphy

Captain Stephen Maitland Murphy, who, during 1898, closed his third season on the fine steel steamer Corona, one of the best of the fleet belonging to the Mutual Transportation Company of Cleveland, was born in Syracuse, N.Y., September 19, 1853, a son of Maitland and Ellen (Wall) Murphy, who removed from Canada to the United States, and located in Syracuse; shortly after the birth of our subject the family returned to Canada, making their home in Kemptville, near Prescott, where the father, who was born in Ottawa, died in 1863. The mother, who is now living in Buffalo, N.Y. at the age of sixty-eight years, removed with her family to Oswego, that State, where young Stephen attended school until he reached the age of fourteen years. In the spring of 1867 Captain Murphy's marine life commenced as boy on the brig Junius, out of Oswego, and after two months accepted the same position on the schooner Persian, remaining on her until the close of the season of 1868. The next spring he shipped in the same capacity on the schooner James Navaugh, closing the lake season on the bark Jessie Hoyt. That winter he went to New York City and, as ordinary seaman, joined the full-rigged ship Zima, hailing from New Brunswick, in the South American trade, and on her he remained until the spring of 1870, when he returned to the lakes, and shipped as seaman on the schooner Chandler J. Wells, closing the season as second mate with Capt. John Bowman. After laying up the schooner he went to New York and joined the ship Wild Hunter, of Boston, bound for Antwerp, Belgium, with merchandise, thence to Cardiff, Wales, for a cargo of railroad iron for New Orleans.

In the spring of 1871 Captain Murphy went to Chicago, and shipped on the schooner John T. Mott as second mate, remaining on her the full season, trading between Chicago and Kingston. Going to the Atlantic in the winter he shipped on the brig Clara Montgomery, plying in the West Indies trade. The next spring on his return to the lakes he was appointed mate of the schooner Lively. During the winter months we again find him a seaman on the full-rigged ship James B. Norris on a voyage to Havre, France, thence to New Orleans.

From this time (1873) Captain Murphy devoted all of his time to lake navigation, the first year as mate of the brig E. Cohen, with Capt. Daniel Golden, until June, 1874, when he joined the schooner F.C. Leighton as mate, with Captain Manning. In the spring of 1875 he was appointed master of the schooner Floretta, and sailed her seven seasons. When he joined her she had just returned to the lakes from a sea voyage, and brought the first cargo of sugar from the West Indies for a lake port, her load being discharged at Hamilton, Ont. During the seasons of 1881-82 he sailed the schooner Hartford; in 1883 he was master of the schooner White Star; 1884 mate of the steamer Oceanica, then master of the steamer Robert A. Packer; 1885 master of the steamer Clyde, of the Lehigh Valley line; 1886 master of the steamer Tacoma; 1887-88 master of the steamer Seneca; and 1889 master of the steamer Saxon, of the Menominee Transportation Company's fleet. In the spring of 1890 Captain Murphy entered the employ of the Mutual Transportation Company as master of the steel steamer Cambria, remaining on her three seasons. He then transferred to the Corona, and sailed her until the close of navigation in 1897, laying her up at Ashtabula harbor. He has been eminently successful in his steamboat experience, his bills of repairs and insurance being the smallest possible, and only subject to the cost of natural wear and tear of the vessels. He is one of the earliest members of the Ship Masters Association, having joined Buffalo Lodge No. 1, soon after its organization, and carried Pennant No. 129.

In 1875 Captain Murphy was united in marriage to Miss Catherine O'Neil, of Kingston, Ont., and five children, William J., Ella, May, Maitland, and Sarah T., have been born to them. The family residence is at No. 15 Parsons street, Ashtabula, Ohio.


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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.