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Captain Frank Elliot (1862-?)
Born in Port Burewell, Ont. Sailed Great Lakes from his home in Bay City, MI.

Biography, 1899. - Added January, 2012.

History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2. - by J.B. Mansfield, 1899


is a descendant of an old family of master mariners who have sailed the lakes for many years, and he also has attained much renown as a successful shipmaster, having commenced his lakefaring life when but a boy thirteen years of age. He was born in Port Burwell, Ont., on January 28, 1862, son of John and Amanda (Matthews) Elliot, who came to the United States in 1865, locating in Bay City, Mich. The father was master and owner of many vessels, among them the brig Burlington, schooner J. B. Skinner and others, mention of which have been made elsewhere.

Frank Elliot, after attending the schools of Bay City until 1875, gained his early experience in sailing on various yachts, some of which he owned, notably the Swan. In the spring of 1880 he shipped as wheelman on the steamer Waldo Avery with Capt. S. Stratton, later receiving promotion to the office of mate and remaining in her three seasons. In 1883 he was appointed master of tug Rumage, which he saled two seasons,and his next boat was the Ella Smith, following which he was on the Sarah Smith, Annie Moiles and Peter Smith. In the spring of 1893 Captain Elliot was appointed master of the steamer Manistique, which he sailed two seasons, succeeding in 1895 to the command of the tug Niagara, and closing that season in the George W. Morley. In the spring of 1896 he entered the employ of Capt. B. Boutell as master of the steamer Boscobel, and sailed her until September, 1897, when he resigned to take charge of the steamer John Spry, which he has since commanded, laying her up at the close of navigation in 1898. Captain Elliot socially is a thirty-second-degree Mason, having passed through all the subordinate degrees. In all of his experience as master of steamboats he has been exceedingly fortunate never having lost a man or vessel. His home port is Bay City, Michigan.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census: Au Gres, Bay, Mich.

  • Elliot, John H. - 1825, Canada farmer.
  • Amanda, wife - 1834, Canada.
  • James, son b. 1854, Canada farm hand.
  • Frank, son b. 1860, Canada farm hand.
  • Davis, son b. 1863, Canada farm hand.
  • Doraud, son b. 1864, Canada farm hand.
  • Daniels D., brother b. 1820, Canada carpenter.
  • Stephen W., nephew b. 1848, Ohio iron heater.

    1889 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Elliot, Dorin vessel captain, bds Republic hotel.
  • Elliot, Frank vessel captain, bds Republic hotel.

    1891 Michigan Deaths: Aug Gres, Arenac, Mich.

  • John Elliot, born in 1822, son of Stephen and Lavina Elliot, died April 27, 1891.

    1905 Michigan Marriages: Saginaw, Saginaw, Mich.

  • Frank Elliot, age 45, born in Canada, son of John and Amanda (Mathuer) Elliot, married Dec. 7, 1905, Emma Penfold, age 44, born in Wisc., daughter of Wright. Official: Frederick W. Lewis, minister. Witnesses: R. Forgie and Mrs. F.W. Lewis.
Related Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
Elliot, Dorin - brother
Boutell, Benjamin
People Referenced
Boutell, B. Capt.
Elliot, Daniels (Uncle)
Elliot, Davis (bro)
Eillit, Dorin (bro)
Elliot, Frank (subject)
Elliot, James (bro)
Elliot, John (father)
Elliot, Lavina (g-mother)
Elliot, Stephen (g-father)
Elliot, Stephen W. (cousin)
Forgie, R.
Lewis, Frederick W.
Lewis, F.W. Mrs.
Matthews, Amanda (mother)
Penfold, Emma (wife)
Penfold, Wright (f-inlaw)
Stranton, S. Capt.
Subjects Referenced
Arenac County, MI
Au Gres, MI
Bay City, MI
Port Burwell, Ont., Can.
Republic hotel
Saginaw, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.