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Capt. James A. Carroll (1840-?)
Maritime Biography.
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  • History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield
    Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.



    James A. Carroll is a native of Ireland, having been born in County Wexford in 1840. He is a son of Michael Carroll, a laborer, who died in America at the advanced age of ninety-six years.

    At the age of ten years the subject of this sketch landed at Quebec with his parents, and subsequently removed to Buffalo, where he attended school. He began his practical life as ferry boy on Buffalo creek with Capt. James Davidson, {Davidson Shipbuilding} now of Bay City, Michigan. In 1860 Mr. Carroll began to sail the lakes as boy on the schooner Fremont of Fremont, in which he remained three seasons. he was later in the schooner Resolute and on the bark Badger State before the mast, and was mate of the schooner Morning Light, barges James C. Joy and James Regan, and second mate of the schooner Athenian. He has also been in many other vessels, too numerous to mention, and his business interests have always been in connection with lake navigation. Mr. Carroll is a ship carpenter by occupation. He began business as a yawl-boat builder, and was once a member of the firm Hankins & Carroll, which existed for five years previous to the panic of 1857. For the past thirteen years he has been in the employ of the Western Transportation Company.

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    People Referenced
    Carroll, James A. (subject)
    Carroll, Michael (father)
    Davidson, James (Capt.)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    Buffalo, NY
    Buffalo creek
    County Wexford
    Hankins & Carroll, firm
    Quebec, Canada
    Athenian, schooner
    Badger State, bark
    Fremont, schooner
    James C. Joy, barge
    James Regan, barge
    Morning Light, schooner
    Resolute, schooner

    Western Trans. Co.
    Internet References
    Links to the Past
    Online book, "History of the Great Lakes," Vols. 1 & 2, by J.B. Mansfield.
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.