Captain Joseph Normand
Captain Joseph Normand, who removed to Cleveland as early as 1837, was among the very first wire-rope riggers on the Great Lakes, and had charge of the rigging of a large number of vessels which first made use of the (then) new material.
Captain Norman's[sic] birthplace was Dizer, Scotland. He was born in 1807 on a whaling vessel, and commenced sailing at the age of eleven years, being on the ocean for nineteen years before removing to the United States. After locating in Cleveland he resumed the life of a sailor, and followed the lakes for twenty-five years. Being fully conversant with the manner of placing all kinds of rigging upon vessels, his services were in demand in this line, and when wire rigging first appeared, he entered the employ of the firm of Upson, Walton & Co., as head rigger, which position he retained until his health failed and he was obliged to retire from active business. Among the vessels rigged by him were the Selkirk, J.C. Magill, C.C. Roberts, Oak Leaf, the two revenue cutters Sherman and Fessenden, and the schooner Union.
Captain Norman also saw service on the lakes on the schooners Union, Amazon, Winfield Scott, Magill, Nellie, Three Friends, Escanaba, Negaunee, and many others.
Captain Normand married Miss Ellen Crangle. Their children were Alice, James H., Mary, Joseph, George and Florence. He passed away in 1885, at the age of seventy- eight years.
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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.