Captain Amos H. Myers
Captain Amos H. Myers is the son of Capt. James H. Myers and his wife, Elenora (Perlow), the former of whom had been a master of sailing vessels since 1854 and after forty-five years of service on the lakes was lost with his vessel, near Grand Haven, Mich., in 1872. His parents were born and married in Clayton, Jefferson Co., N. Y., and moving to Cleveland in 1854, located on Pearl street. Among the last vessels sailed by Capt. James H. Myers was the Montcalm, owned by E. G. Merrick, of Detroit.
Capt. Amos H. Myers was born in Cleveland, Ohio, April 3, 1857, and received a liberal public-school education in Cleveland, and on July 8, 1871, he shipped on the General Burnside, going before the mast in the barge India the following season. He then sailed with Capt. George Miner in the schooner Montpelier, and with Captain Case in the Cascade, he was also on the schooner Bellow, Blazing Star, Monterey, three years, and Granger with Capt. William Sherley; also on the schooner Mary Copley, now the Madaline Dunning, and the schooners George Sherman and Correspondent, closing the season of 1879 in the Mont Blanc, with Captain Dennis. In the spring of 1880 Captain Myers was appointed mate of the Timothy Baker, with Capt. Geo. Tower; in 1881, on the schooner James D. Sawyer, with Capt. Ira Mansfield; in 1882, on the schooner Eliza Gerlach, with Captain Delarkie; in 1883 on the schooner James E. Gilmore, with Capt. George Burtis; in 1884 he shipped as wheelsman in the steamer George Spender, with Captain Murphy, closing the season in the E. B. Hale; the next season he went as mate in the George W. Davis, followed by a season in the steamer Republic, with Captain Mullen, and another season as mate of the schooner Col. Cook, with Capt. Sol Hayward. In 1888 he joined the steamer J. S. Fay as second mate, and was appointed mate of the barge Ashland the next season, going as mate of the Margaret Alwill in 1891. The next two seasons he was mate of the steamer R. E. Shreck, and, in 1895 master of the S. L. Watson. In 1896 he was mate of the Malta, of the Minnesota line, in 1897 mate of the John N. Glidden, with Capt. J. Lampo; in 1898, mate of the H. J. Johnson, with Capt. C. Miner, which he laid up at Buffalo at the close of navigation.
Captain Myers is an active member of the American Association of Masters & Pilots of Steam Vessels, and resides at No. 398 St. Clair Street, Cleveland, 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.