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Capt. Thomas Peterson

Capt. Thomas Peterson

Posted: 24 Mar 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Nov 2003 8:45PM GMT
Surnames: PETERSON
Looking for any info regarding a Great Lakes tugboat captain. Capt. Thomas Peterson started sailing at age 12 for the Boland lines. He is a native of Marinette, Wis. His son, Herbert and his brother Martin were also Captains. His grandson also died on the lakes on a tug. Any info is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Deb D./Buffalo, NY

Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Tina (View posts)
Posted: 9 Apr 2001 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: NAHRSTEDT
Captain John Nahrstedt was my great grandfather. He was originally from the Owen Sound, Ontario area of Canada. He then resided in Buffalo, NY and finally to Cleveland, Ohio. He died in Cleveland in 1921. I am trying to locate a large portrait that was hanging up in a building in downtown Cleveland. I am not having much luck on finding the name(s) of his vessell(s), at this point. He was a member of the International Shipmaster's Association. When he died, the funeral home was told to notify the Toronto-Ontario Owen Sound Newspapers as well. If anyone has access to books, newspapers etc would you please do a look up for me on this name? It could also have been misspelled.(I spent the better part of my early years correcting people on the spelling of my last name LOL. Thanks!

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 3:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi my name is Shannon.I just found out alittle of my family tree first of all I am from Ohio born in Painesville maybe 30 minutes shy of Cleveland but I have married and moved to florida...Anyways My great grand mother was Frances Agatha Nahrstedt and she married a William E Simmonds who had William and Beverly June Simmonds (My Grandmother and her brother.Beverly June Simmonds married a Floyd Eugene Hargrove.(My grandparents.who had Cynthia Hargrove and other children from a different husband so I do not know which aunt or uncle comes from what father).I never knew my father,but my mother was Cynthia.Let me ask a question Nahrstedt looks german is it?Also can you please tell me if your family tree follows the same line as mine maybe my great grand mother was someone in you family.

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 10:26PM GMT
Classification: Query
I show that a John Nahrstedt was appointed Captain of the following vessels: Malta (schooner), Minnesota SS, 1899; Manola, Minnesota SS, 1900; Marina, Pittsburgh SS, 1901; Marina, Pittsburgh SS, 1902; Frank A. Rockerfeller, Pittsburgh SS, 1903; John Ericsson, Pittsburgh, 1904; Alexander McDougall, Pittsburgh SS, 1905; Alexander McDougall, Pittsburgh SS, 1906; Alexander McDougall, Pittsburgh SS, 1907; Alexander McDougall, Pittsburgh SS, 1908; Alexander McDougall, Pittsburgh SS, 1909; Samuel F. B. Morse, Pittsburgh SS, 1910; Samuel F. B. Morse, Pittsburgh SS, 1911; Elbert H.Gary, Pittsburgh SS, 1912; Elbert H. Gary, Pittsburgh SS, 1913; Captain, Thomas Lynch, Pittsburgh SS, 1914; Thomas Lynch, Pittsburgh SS, 1915; Alva C. Dinkey, Pittsburgh SS, 1917; Alva C. Dinkey, Pittsburgh SS, 1918; Alva C. Dinkey, Pittsburgh SS, 1919; Alva C. Dinkey, Pittsburgh SS, 1920; and Alva C. Dinkey, Pittsburgh SS, 1921. The Rockerfeller, Ericsson, and McDougall were whalebacks. The Rockerfeller is still around as the whaleback museum Meteor in Superior, Wisconsin. The Lynch and Dinkey were operated by Pittsburgh SS until the late 1970's. If you go to a site hosted by Bowling Green University, http://ul.bgsu.edu/cgi-bin/xvsl2.cgi , you can use each boat name as a search term. You will get a photo and some basic information on each boat. Also, the 1908 Lynn's Directory shows John Nahrstedt residing in Brookholm, Ontario.

Re: Capt. Thomas Peterson

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 10:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
I show the following boat assignments for a Thomas J. Peterson: First Mate, Winnie Wing, 1895; First Mate, Winnie Wing, 1896; First Mate, Winnie Wing, 1897, First Mate, Winnie Wing, 1898; Captain, Maggie Marshall, 1912; Captain, James Hay (tug), 1913; Captain, James Hay (tug), 1914, and James Hay (tug), 1915. If this is the Thomas Peterson you are asking about, the following will be of interest:

"CAPTAIN PETER PETERSON

Captain Peter Peterson, master and half owner of the large fore-and-aft schooner
Winnie Wing, is one of the oldest and best known captains plying on the Great Lakes,
having braved many of the worst storms since his career as captain, thus showing his
ability and skill in handling a vessel. He has prospered in his calling, which he
followed from boyhood, and which was in a way inherited from his forefathers.
Captain Peterson was born in a small town of Fredericka, Denmark, in the year 1839,
being one of four sons born to Peter and Cairn Nelson. Peter Nelson was a fisherman,
and followed that occupation in Denmark through life. His son, Peter, in early life,
turned his attention to sailing, and at the age of fifteen went before the mast,
sailing from Denmark on coast vessels plying the Baltic Sea, in which capacity he
served seven years. In the winter of 1861 he took passage at Hamburg, Germany, on the
ship John Bertram, and set sail for New York. From there he went to Chicago, arriving
in March, and at once began his career as sailor on the lakes, sailing before the mast
on the schooner O. Hayden for about one-half the season; he then shipped on the
Metropolis for the balance of the year. During the season of 1862 he was on the
schooner Three Bells, and in 1863 on the schooner Manitou, Walrus and Marcon. In 1864
he went to New York, where he took passage on the steamer Morning Star, going to Havana,
New Orleans and back to New York. Later he returned to Chicago, and in 1865 sailed on
the schooner Triumph, which was lost at the North pier during the early part of the
season. He then shipped on the schooner Planet, and in the fall of that year made a
visit to his old home in Denmark, crossing the ocean on the steamer Allemania.
Returning in 1868 he sailed on the schooner Sonora as mate, and in the same capacity
for a part of the season of 1867. In 1868 he was mate of the schooner Beloit; 1869 he
sailed on the Minnie Corlett as master, remaining with her until 1872, when he
purchased an interest in the Winnie Wing, which he still sails. For more than a
quarter of a century he has been in command of this vessel, a record that would be
difficult to surpass. The Winnie Wing was formerly engaged in the grain trade, but is
now mostly carrying lumber. He also owns half interest in the schooner Apprentice Boy,
in partnership with Capt. John Peil, purchasing it about 1889.
In 1868 Captain Peterson was married to Miss Anna Miller, and to them five girls
(all of whom are dead) and two boys were born. Peter, the eldest son, is married and
resides in Chicago, his occupation being that of a bookkeeper; Thomas J. is following
in the footsteps of his father, and has for the past four years sailed as mate of the
Winnie Wing.
In 1879 the Captain's wife died, after a protracted illness of several years, and
two years later he married his second wife, Miss Bertha Rathke, a native of Germany.
Two children blessed this union, but died while yet in their infancy.
In the winter of 1896-97 Captain and Mrs. Peterson visited their old homes in Denmark
and Germany, respectively, and passed a couple of months among their old friends and
acquaintances very pleasantly.
The Captain is in every sense of the word a self-made man, and has now for thirty-seven
years sailed out of Chicago. He has the record of towing more spars across the lake
than did any of his contemporaries. Besides his interests in vessel property, he owns
a three-story brick store and a residence on Clifton avenue and a three-story brick
flat on Garfield avenue, Chicago." Mansfields History of the Great Lakes, 1899.

Re: Capt. Thomas Peterson

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 11:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
I show the following boat assignments for a Martin S. Peterson: Captain, John M. Nicol, 1905; Captain, Yale, 1906; Captain, Jacob T. Kopp, 1908; Captain, Jacob T. Kopp, 1909; Captain, Harry Yates, 1910; Captain, Harry Yates, 1911; Captain, Harry Yates, 1912; Captain, Harry Yates, 1913; Captain, Harry Yates, 1913; Captain, Harry Yates, 1914; Captain, Harry Yates, 1915; Captain, Harry Yates, 1916; Captain, Harry Yates, 1917; Captain, Harry Yates, 1918; Captain, Harry Yates, 1919; Captain, Harry Yates, 1920; Captain, Harry Yates, 1920; Captain, Harry Yates, 1921; Captain, Harry Yates, 1922; Captain, Harry Yates, 1923; Captain, Harry Yates, 1924; Captain, Harry Yates, 1925; Captain, Harry Yates, 1926; Captain, Harry Yates, 1927. All boats mentioned above were operated by Boland & Cornelius (American Steamship Company, Buffalo, NY).

I don't know if this is the same individual but I also show the following boat assignments for an M. S. Peterson: Captain, Northern Wave, 1900; Captain, Northern Wave, 1901; Captain, Northern Wave, 1902; and Captain, Northern Wave, 1903.

I also show the following boat assignments for a Herbert Peterson: Second Mate, Adam E. Cornelius, 1943; Second Mate, Dow Chemical, 1944; First Mate, Dow Chemical, 1948; First Mate, Joseph F. Schoellkopf Jr., 1955; Captain, Standard Portland Cement, 1952; Captain, Sinaloa, 1953; Captain, Fontana, 1954; Captain, George F. Rand, 1955; Captain, George F. Rand, 1956; Captain, George F. Rand, 1957; and Captain, Norman J. Kopmeier, 1958. All the boats mentioned above were operated by Boland & Cornelius (American Sreamship Company, Buffalo, NY).

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Anonymous (View posts)
Posted: 14 May 2007 2:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
There is a Frances Nahrstedt in my family tree, the daughter of John and Louisa (nee Miller) Nahrstedt. I don't know if this is the same one, but her brother, Harry, was my great-grandfather.

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Posted: 17 May 2007 5:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes mame we are related Frances Agatha Narhstedt was my great-grandmother and her mother was Louisa (miller),maybe you and I can chat and compare more notes.

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Anonymous (View posts)
Posted: 21 May 2007 4:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Sure, that would be great. I haven't done a lot of research on this particular line but I would love to compare - my email is strapping_young_laura@yahoo.com if you would like to get in touch.

Re: Captain John NAHRSTEDT

Posted: 3 Jan 2008 5:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Nahrstedt
Frances Agatha Nahrstedt and John and Louisa (Miller)was my great grand mother and Harry as well as Fred,Edward,Myrtle, and Bernice,please email me at wolfin196971@yahoo.com so we can chat more.
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