Registered Queries for November 1998

Downward Bound - Great Lakes Shipping Ancestors

MATTESON, WELLS posted by Thomas B. Schroeder on Sunday, November 1, 1998

The following is copied from my G-G-Grandfather's (WILLIAM BLAKESLEY WELLS) obituary. I hope this might be of use in finding info about him. His career would have started in the 1830's and continued into the 1850'S. Any verification of this would be greatly appreciated. Having formed a desire to sail on the lakes, he resigned his position on the canal and accepted one as cook on the lakes. Soon after hiring out as cook he was offered a berth before the mast, but was soon after given a mate's berth. After being mate for three years he was given command of a vessel. During his career as sailor he fitted out two new vessels, each of which he sailed for five or six years. At the age of twenty-nine he was married to Miss Harriet Matteson, of Mexico, N.Y. They made their home in Mexico for three years, Mr. Wells still commanding a vessel during the sailing season. While residing in Mexico two daughters were born to them.

WONNACOTT posted by Paul R Wonnacott on Tuesday, November 3, 1998

We are looking for Wonnacott families known to be in the Ontario Michigan area. One member is also known to have drowned in Lake Ontario probably falling from a boat.

HUGO posted by John K. Ayres on Friday, November 6, 1998

I need information on Commander N.F. Hugo. He was an officer on the ship "USS Gopher". I would also like any information on the "USS Gopher" that anyone might have. I'm a watch collector, and have a 10 year service watch that was presented to him in 1910. I don't know what type of ship the "Gopher" was. I do know that it was on the Great Lakes in 1910. Any info would be greatly appretiated. Thank you.

REDDICK posted by Dwight Reddick on Saturday, November 7, 1998

Was the ship "Don Luce" ever involved in shipping on the Great Lakes.

AMES posted by Martha Proctor on Saturday, November 7, 1998

I am looking for any information on my husband's great-grandfather, John Willard Ames, Sr. He had a ship that wrecked in the Straights of Mackinaw/Lake Huron area. He was called Captain Ames but I am not sure if he was a "real" captain or if it was just a nickname.

GREULICH posted by Charles B. Greulich on Sunday, November 8, 1998

GREULICH, AL., Steward for WILSON MARINE TRANSIT; GREULICH, BERT, convoyerman for ASC.; GREULICH, Chuck. Wheelsman for REPUBLIC STEEL-LAKE FLEET DIV. Need ship postings if possible

SOMERVILLE posted by D. Bruce Somerville on Tuesday, November 10, 1998

Sailed on the Great Lakes in the late 20's and early 30's.

BARLOW, COSGROVE, LAVIN posted by Doug Cranston on Wednesday, November 11, 1998

My gr grandfather John LAVIN(Married to Mary COSGROVE) lived in the Simcoe area. He was employed as a seaman on the Great Lakes in the late 1800's. His father was Francis LAVIN (married to Anne BARLOW) may have been a crew member also. Anyone having knowledge of these people would you please contact me. They are my ancestors

BURKE posted by David Burke on Thursday, November 12, 1998

1. Any information on William Stephen Burke, (mate) who died January, 1893 in Sault Ste. Marie as a result of an accident during a gale on board the schooner "Minnedosa" while sailing on Lake Superior. 2. Any information on the Montreal Transportation Co. Kingston, owner of this vessel. What became of the company, its paperwork etc. 3. Any information of the barge "R. Gaskin", W. S. Burke also sailed on this vessel.

PLIMLEY, PLUMLEY posted by Gene Denison on Friday, November 13, 1998

any info on g g grandfather, George (Fred) Plimley, who sailed on Lake Huron in 1850's and 1860's and was shipwrecked somewhere off of Sanilac County

YOUNG posted by Norma (Young) Valley on Monday, November 16, 1998

My gg-grandfather, Charles Franklin YOUNG disappeared from Salt River, Isabella County, Michigan after his wife died in January 1890. (He was born March 6, 1863) One of the stories in the family was that he had gone to work on a ship on Lake Michigan, there was a shipwreck, and he died. I have been searching this file and others to no avail.

PINGEL posted by Alex Zola on Wednesday, November 18, 1998

PINGEL. This guy was my my great-great Grandfather and was a ship's captain on a boat that sank on Lake Michigan in 1904. Macomb County, MI (his county of origin) has no record of his death certificate which forces me to the conclusion that his body was lost and not buried in MT Clemens, MI (family hometown.) Any information would be greatly apprceciated. Alex Zola

BUSCH posted by Audrey Bush on Thursday, November 19, 1998

I am searching for information about my husband's father, ARTHUR L. BUSCH. He was a member of the Lake Carriers Association in the early 1900's and sailed on the Great Lakes for a time then. We have his Lake Carriers Association card and discharge book with the date Sept 21, 1911 and the book #32318 as well as the name Ashtabula on it. Any information we receive will be greatly appreciated. Thank you Audrey Bush

HEIDERICK, HEIDRICK posted by Alta Schmer on Monday, November 23, 1998

I am looking for information on Clement Heidrick, a young German of 16 or 17 yrs from Westphalia, Prussia who emigrated to America ca 1849 or 1850. His first years in this country were spent working on the St. Lawrence River or the St-Lawrence seaway. Any information on where he may have lived or worked around the Great Lakes will be greatly appreciated. TIA... Alta .


I am looking for any information that anyone would have on Torrence D. STRUTHERS who was listed in the Great Lakes area of Muskegon, Michigan. I believe he was involved in the shipping on the Great Lakes because he was frequently traveling back to his home in Ontario. He was also listed as a teamster on the 1900 census in Muskegon. I appreciate any help. Thank you, Brenda ( .

SULLIVAN posted by Dan Sullivan on Tuesday, November 24, 1998

My grandfather Daniel Charles Sullivan was born in Picton, Ontario Canada in Nov. 1856 according to the Cleveland census of 1900. He married Mary Caroline Brown of Sarnia Ontario in 1893. My grandfather sailed on the "H.A.Kent". I have copies of articles about the sinking of the "Kent" in Lake Superior in Sept. 1897. One article notes that a "tot (one of Captain Sullivan's children) was precipitated into the waters of Lake Superior during transfer to the schooner "Gilchrist"." My dad was told he was the 'tot'. My grandfather sailed for the Gilchrist Lines of Cleveland O. and was supposedly related to the Denis Sullivan of Chicago, IL. My dad had an article (that has been lost) that said that Captain Sullivan was lost over board on the Great Lakes sometime between 1903 and 1907. I have copies of my aunt Gladys birth certificate which indicates she was born on board the schooner "Samuel H. Foster" in Racine, WI harbor. I am looking for any information of the Sullivan's from Picton Ontario and info on my grandfather as a sailor on the Great Lakes. .

HINSLEA posted by Linda Hinslea Nelson on Tuesday, November 24, 1998

My great grandfather was a Captain for Pittsburgh Steamship lines around the turn of the century. Also my greatuncles, cousins, uncles and father were involved with Steamships in some way. Any information on Pittsburg Steamship Lines American Shipbuilders or anything about any of the Hinsleas would be greatly appreciated. .

BELANGER, JACQUES posted by Mark Belanger on Thursday, November 26, 1998

Seeking information on anybody who worked with Jacques E. Belanger for T.H. Browning Steamship Company or McCarthy Steamship Company on great lakes between 1946-47 .

POLLIE posted by Cheryl HAZLEWOOD- SMELSER on Saturday, November 28, 1998

I am searching for info on my grandfather who was in the Merchant Marines during WWII. He was twice torpedoed in the Gulf of St.Lawrence (1942 & 1943) and died in 1944 as a result of injuries from the later attack. His name was Henry Mackie POLLIE and he was living in Kingston, Ont when not on the ships. One of the ships was called "Lady Drake". (the other slips my mind at the present). Being my grand- mother and he were never married and my grandmother's parents were against the relationship. I know nothing of his parentage or such and would desperately like to find out anything I can on him, the attack date(s) and any other family he had. He is buried in a military cemetary in Quebec and that is about all I know. Any help would be greatfully appreciate. Thanks in advance. Cheryl HAZLEWOOD-SMELSER

MASSICOTTE posted by Louise Gervais on Sunday, November 29, 1998

I would like info about Jean P. Massicotte known as Johnny Massicotte. He was a furnace man for a SHIPPING co. on the GREAT LAKES area between circa years 1880-1895. He lived in Fruitport near Muskegon in Michigan. He married Julia Letourneau in Dover New-Hampshire. I guess he traveled a lot on the ship and met the girl there. They had three children Alphonsine, Jeanne known as Jennie, Leo known as Leon. They came back to Quebec province when Alphonsine was five years old circa 1893. .

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