Captain George A. McCoy (1854-?)
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Born in St. Clair, MI. Worked in Bay City, MI. Retired in Cleveland, OH.
History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield
Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.
CAPTAIN GEORGE A. McCOY
Captain George A. McCoy, the popular master of the side-wheel passenger steamer
Superior, plying between Cleveland and Euclid Beach Park, was born in St. Clair,
Mich., on December 20, 1854. He is the son of George and Elizabeth (Kitchen) McCoy.
At the age of twelve he adopted the live of a sailor, sailing on small scows and
schooners trading between Bay City and Port Huron as a pastime during vacations,
going to the public schools at St. Clair during the winter months.
In the spring of 1870 he shipped in earnest on the ferry Hattie T. Brown, plying
between Bay City and Banks (now West Bay City). The next two seasons he secured a
berth on the larger ferry boat J. G. Hubbard, which plyed between Essexville and Bay
City. In 1893 he was wheelsman on the steamer Nelson Mills, followed by a season on
the A.A. Turner in the same capacity. The seasons of 1875-76 he passed as a wheelsman
on the steamers R. Prindiville and S. D. Caldwell, respectively. In 1877 he entered
the employ of the Bay City and Alpena Company, and remained on that route five years,
as wheelsman on the passenger and freight steamers George L. Dunlap, Metropolis, Dove
and Arundell alternatively, finally being promoted to the office of mate and sailing
on all in that capacity. In the spring of 1882 Captain McCoy took out master's papers,
and sailed the rafting tugs Willie Brown and Marion Teller for T. H. McGraw & Co.,
for three years, after which he took command of the side-wheel steamer Emerald, which
was also engaged in raft towing. In 1886 he was appointed master of the W. A. Avery.
The next spring he came out as mate of the new steamer Elfin-Mere, and in 1888 he was
appointed master of the passenger steamer Lucille, plying between Saginaw, Bay City
and other shore ports.
In the spring of 1890 he removed to Port Huron, Mich., and entered the employ of N.
Mills as master of the schooner Leader, remaining on her two seasons when he advanced
to the command of the steamer Point Abino, sailing her two seasons, after which he
again assumed command of the Leader. He came out in the spring of 1895 as mate with
Capt. D. A. Hutchinson on the steamer Iosco, remaining until July, when he was
appointed master of the passenger excursion steamer Superior, holding this command
until the close of the pleasure season 1897, when he was made the master of the steamer
J. S. Fay, on which he closed the year.
He is a member of the Ship Masters Association No. 2 of Port Huron, and carries
Pennant No. 880; also of the beneficial order of the Royal Arcanum. He is one of
those masters designated as "lucky," never having met with an accident to his boat,
or lost a man.
On February 12, 1877, Captain McCoy was united by marriage to Miss Sarah Fitzgerald,
of St. Clair. Their children are: Bessie, Nellie, Edward, Harry and Allie. He
removed with his family to Cleveland in 1896, and they reside at No. 253 Washington
1880 - Census: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.
- McCoy, George - b. 1855 Mich. - post master.
- Sarah M., wife - b. 1859 Mich.
- Anne E., dau. - b. 1878 Mich.
- Sarah E., dau. - b. 1879 Mich.
1920 - Census: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
- McCoy, George A. - age 54, b. Mich.
- Sarah, wife - age 50, b. Mich.
- Longtin, Elizabeth A, dau. - age 32, b. Mich. - married
- Longtin, Ignatius, son-inlaw - age 34, b. Ohio
- Longtin, Dolores M, g-dau. - age 6, b. Ohio
- Helen, dau. - age 30, b. Mich.
- Alice, dau. - age 24, b. Mich.
1867 Great Lakes Map
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Fitzgerald, Sarah (wife)
Hutchinson, D.A. Capt.
Kitcher, Elizabeth (mother)
Longtin, Dolores (g-dau)
Longtin, Ignatius (son-inlaw)
McCoy, Allie (dau.)
Mccoy, Bessie (dau.)
McCoy, Edward (son)
McCoy, George (father)
McCoy, George A (subject)
McCoy, Harry (son)
McCoy, Nellie (dau.)
McCoy, Sarah E. (dau)
Bay City, MI
Bay City & Alpena Co.
Euclid Beach Park
Port Huron, MI
Ship Masters Assoc.
St. Clair, MI
T.H. McGraw & Co.
West Bay City
A.A. Turner (steamer)
George L. Dunlap (steamer)
Hattie T. Brown (ferry)
J.G. Hubbard (ferry)
J.S. Fay (steamer)
Marion Teller (tug)
Nelson Mills (steamer)
Point Abino (steamer)
R. Prindiville (steamer)
S.D. Caldwell (steamer)
W.A. Avery (steamer)
Willie Brown (tug)
Links to the Past|
Online book, "History of the Great Lakes," Vols. 1 & 2, by J.B. Mansfield.