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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Stewart Murray

Stewart Murray, general freight agent for the Northern Steamship Company, was born at Newport (now Marine City), Mich., July 29, 1850, a son of Peter and Euphemia (Blackie) Murray, who were both natives of Scotland, and who were the parents of nine children, as follows: Margaret; Peter; Mary, who died in childhood; Euphemia; James, who, as marine engineer, was drowned on the steamer Sunbeam, which was wrecked or foundered in Lake Superior in August, 1863; Stewart; Mary; Bessie, who died in 1876; and John. Peter Murray became a marine engineer early in life, and served in that capacity on various vessels sailing out of Glasgow, and trading to ports all around the British Isles, until May, 1850, when he came with his family to the United States to take charge as chief engineer of the E.B. Ward's line of steamers, settling in Detroit. Afterward he moved his family to a farm about eight miles back of Newport, Mich., himself continuing on the lakes. He remained on the lakes until 1884, when the steamer Montgomery, of which he was engineer at that time, was burned at her docks at Port Huron. He then retired from the lakes and returned to Detroit, and for a portion of the time was stationary engineer until his death, which occurred September 30, 1892. Mrs. Murray is still living in Detroit.

Stewart Murry lived upon the farm from 1854 to about 1859, when the family moved to Marine City (then Newport), and there for a couple of years he attended a private school conducted by Misses Mary and Ada Brindel, nieces of Emily Ward, who is well know to all lake people. In 1861 they removed to Detroit, where for about two years he attended the public schools. Then his father was appointed chief engineer of the City of Milwaukee, of the Detroit, Grand Haven & Milwaukee line, whose steamers City of Detroit and City of Milwaukee, plied between Detroit and Milwaukee, and were familiarly known as the "black boats." The family removed to Milwaukee, and Mr. Murray there attended the public schools until 1864. In this latter year he left school against his parents' wishes, and went to work in the Western Union Telegraph office as messenger boy. Remaining in this position about a year he entered a commission house, in which position he remained about six months. During winter of 1865-66 he was in an architect's office in Milwaukee, and in the fall of 1865 he secured a position with D. M. Brigham, agent for the Evans line of steamers, taking this position in May, 1866, and retaining it until April, 1890, a period of twenty-four years, during which time he was advanced through all the grades, from general clerk up to confidential bookkeeper and contracting agent. It was during this time that the Evans line became the Erie and Western Transportation Company, more familiarly known as the Anchor line.

In April, 1890, Mr. Murray was appointed agent for the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company, securing for them their docks and opening their agency at Milwaukee, thus being their first agent at that place. In February, 1891, he was removed to Chicago, where as western agent he remained until 1892, when a change in the management took place, the Philadelphia & Reading railroad system buying out the Lehigh Valley, which then became a part of the Reading system. Mr. John Gordon, then manager of the Northern Steamship Company, was appointed manager of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company, and held the position until January, 1894, bringing Mr. Murray to Buffalo, September 1, 1892. During 1892 and 1893 Mr. Murray was in fact acting general freight agent of the line, without the title, but acted more particularly in the interest of the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company. On April 21, 1894, Mr. Murray was appointed general freight agent for the Northern Steamship Company.

On December 10, 1873, Mr. Murray was married to Miss Alice C. Williams, daughter of Joseph Williams, one of the earliest settlers of Milwaukee, who in 1833 left the State of New York, traveling by canal to Buffalo, by lakeboat to Detroit, and thence by team around the southern end of Lake Michigan all the way to Milwaukee. Mr. Williams died in 1877. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Murray are as follows: Stewart W., born May 8, 1875; Bessie R., born October 29, 1876; Charles B., born July 16, 1878, died in 1888; Alice S., born April 13, 1880.

During Mr. Murray's connection with the lake transportation business he has witnessed wonderful changes, not only in the methods but in the rates. He has himself billed wheat at twenty-two cents per bushel from Milwaukee to Buffalo, and flour at $2.50 per barrel, Milwaukee to New York. During the season of 1896 the average rate of freight on wheat from Chicago to Buffalo was one and seven-tenths cents. When he first went into transportation the maximum carrying capacity of lake steamers was five or six hundred tons, now it is five or six thousand tons. Mr. Murray is a man who has profited by observation, and by careful study and keen insight into men and affairs has attained his present position.


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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.