Capt. Cassius M. Saph (1853-?)
1899 biography. (Courtesy of "Links to the Past" website.)
History of the Great Lakes, Vol. 2 by J.B. Mansfield
Published Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co. 1899.
CAPTAIN C. M. SAPH
Captain C.M. Saph, one of the prominent steam boatmasters sailing out of West
Bay City, Mich., is a pleasant sociable companion and possesses many enduring
friends. He is a son of Valentine A. and Mary (Drewyor) Saph, and was born in
Newport, now Marine City, Mich., July 25, 1853. His father is an attorney-at-law
in Marine City, associated with one of his sons under the firm name of V. A. Saph &
Son. His mother died in September, 1870. Her father, Capt. John Drewyor, will be
remembered by some of the mariners of past decades as a popular and well qualified
Lake Superior pilot, sailing in the vessels of the Ward Lake Superior line.
Captain Saph acquired a public-school education in Marine City, attending until
he reached the age of fourteen years, when he shipped as deckhand in the steamer
William Cowie, with Capt. S. Andrews, and was with her when she put the first day
mark locating Stanard rock. In the spring of 1869 he shipped in the schooner Idaho,
and he passed the next eight years in different capacities on various vessels and
steamers, among which may be mentioned the schooner Lizzie Belle, the Michael Groh,
Forester, Florence Lester, John Ritchie and C. H. Wilkes. In the spring of 1878
he was appointed mate of the schooner Keepsake, remaining on her until August of
the following years, when he took command of the schooner A. H. Brown. At the
opening of navigation in 1880 he came out in the Birckhead, made one trip in the
Unadilla, and was then appointed mate in the new schooner Grace Holland. In 1881
Captain Saph took out pilotís papers and was appointed mate in the steamer D. F.
Rose, retaining that office four successive seasons, after which he was given
command of the steamer Oswegatchie, which he sailed two seasons. In 1887 he was
appointed master of his old steamer, the D. F. Rose, of which he had charge for four
seasons, giving good business satisfaction, and his next steamer was the S. C. Clark,
which he commanded two seasons. In the spring of 1893 he was again appointed master
of the steamer D. F. Rose, which position he has held up to the time of this writing.
He has been exceedingly fortunate with the vessels under his command and has won and
retained the confidence and esteem of the owners.
Captain Saph was married to Miss Lorena Ellery, daughter of Philip and Delphina
(Blair) Ellery, of Port Huron, in November 1888, and the children born to this union
are Lee W. and Cassie M. The family homestead is at No. 401 West Midland street, West
Bay City, Mich. Socially, the Captain is a member of the Ship Masters Association,
carrying Pennant No. 223, and he is a charter member of the Bay City Lodge; he is
also a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters.
1867 Great Lakes Map
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Related Bay-Journal Pages
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Brigham, Samuel S.
Drewyard, Mary (mother)
Ellery, Lorena (wife)
Saph, Cassie M. (dau)
Saph, Cassius M. (subject)
Saph, Lee W. (son)
Saph, Valentine A. (father)
Ancient Order of Foresters
Bay City Lodge
Marine City, MI
Port Huron, MI
V.A. Saph & Sons Co.
Ship Masters Assoc.
Ward Lake Superior Line
West Bay City, MI
Link to the Past|
Online book, "History of the Great Lakes," Vols. 1 & 2, by J.B. Mansfield.