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Veteran Lake Captain Dies.

CAPTAIN McPHERSON, 68 years old, one of the best known Great Lakes captains, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 1024 Twenty-fifth street. He had been in ill health for several months.

CAPTAIN McPHERSON was born in London, Ont. At the age of 14 he started sailing. When only 20 he obtained his captain's papers and since that time had been in charge of some of the largest boats on the lakes. During 54 years on the lakes, he never met with an accident

In the early days of his career he was in command of boats of the Port Huron and Sarnia Ferry company. He also spent a number of years with the Great Lakes Towing and Wrecking company.

For the past 26 years he had been master of car ferries. Among the boats he sailed were the Steamer International and the Pere Marquette ferry No. 14. Last November when the new Pere Marquette ferry No. 12 was launched, CAPTAIN McPHERSON took command. In March he was forced to return to Detroit because of ill health. He had been a resident of the city for 24 years, previously having made his home in Port Huron.

He is survived by nine children: Mrs. E. G. SONGSTAD, of Chicago; Mrs. H. SPEAR and RUSSELL, FRANK, RAY, BRUCE, KENNETH, BURT and EDWARD McPHERSON. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the residence. Burial will be in Roseland cemetery.

Detroit Free Press - July 6, 1928


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