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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Thomas Francis Murphy

Thomas Francis Murphy
Thomas Francis Murphy, one of the prominent shipbuilders in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, was born in 1834. His father was a carpenter, and of his seven brothers three are shipbuilders.

In 1841 our subject came to the United States, and in 1851 commenced learning the shipbuilding trade with Baker & Lyons, at Oswego, N.Y., under the management of George Gobell, thus beginning his connection with the lake marine. He received his education in the public schools, also attending night school during his apprenticeship.

After serving a full apprenticeship, and becoming thoroughly conversant with the lines and structure of lake vessels, Mr. Murphy went to Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, where he entered into partnership in the shipbuilding industry, with William Navaugh. This firm did not continue long, however, as they built but one vessel during the partnership. In 1858 Mr. Murphy went to Cleveland, remaining there only a short time, thence going to Cincinnati and New Orleans, in both of which places he followed shipbuilding. In 1860 he returned to Cleveland, and has made that city his permanent place of residence ever since. During the Civil war he was employed at Cincinnati in the construction of monitors for the United States Government, later going up the Big Sandy river, and was captured at Pound (or Sounding Gap), Ky., by Morgan's raiders, while getting out turrent beams for the monitors. After his exchange, he was appointed foreman of the government shipyards at Chattanooga, Tenn., and while engaged in getting out long timber for the shipyard was again captured, on Williams island in the Tennessee river, by General Wheeler's cavalry. At the close of the war he returned to Cleveland and worked in the line of his business until 1872, when he entered into partnership with William H. Quayle, the firm name being Quayle & Murphy, for the construction of vessels. During the continuance of this firm, which lasted five years, quite a number of boats were built, the first one being the schooner Verona, followed by the schooners J.B. Kitchen, Helena and Vienna, also the steamer Persian, the firm at the same time doing a large business in repair work.

In 1884 Mr. Murphy and his brother sub-contracted with F.W. Wheeler, of Bay City, for the construction of the steamer Waldo Avery and the schooner Alta. In 1886 he entered into partnership with William J. Miller, under the firm name of Murphy & Miller, which association still exists. This firm built the steamer Aurora (to the order of Corrigan Brothers and William S. Mack), which is noted as being the stanchest vessel ever constructed on the lakes. They also built several fine yachts, a government dredge, with necessary scows, a large number of lighters, and rebuilt a number of vessels. Their shipyard is located on the north shore of the old river bed, where the firm continues to build and repair vessels. Aside from his shipyard duties Mr. Murphy is in great demand to serve on surveys, as he is known to be thorough and strictly reliable in that capacity. He has been the owner of several vessels, among them the schooners C.G. Breed, L.C. Woodruff, Delaware, Wabash and James D. Sawyer, and is at this writing the owner of the schooner R. Hallaran, at this writing on the way to the coast under command of Capt. Ed. E. Williams, but laid up for the winter at Valleyfield, Canada.

In 1860 Mr. Murphy was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Nolan, of Cincinnati, Ohio, who is a sister of Major N. Nolan, of the United States army. Their children are Edmund A., secretary and treasurer of the Cleveland stockyards; Anna, now Mrs. W. T. L'Estrange; Joseph F., a lake captain; Jennie, now the wife of M.F. Barrett, councilman of Cleveland; Thomas J., a lake captain; Nellie, a charming musician; William; and Ralph, a graduate of the Cleveland public schools. The family homestead is at No. 150 Harbor street, Cleveland, Ohio.

During the years 1897 and 1898 Mr. Murphy went to Seattle, Wash., leased a shipyard and built the Argo No. 1 and Argo No. 2, two fine steamers for the Cleveland-Alaska Gold Mining and Milling Company, one being an ocean boat, the other for river navigation. Argo No. 2 was lost while in tow of the other in a storm at sea, not being built for an ocean-going boat. Mr. Murphy is one of the stockholders in the company. He returned to Cleveland after the completion of his contract, and is now awaiting developments.


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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.