The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon. May 11, 1914

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Veteran Bay City Lake Pilot Dies Suddenly at Duluth, After Leaving His Boat.

Special to the Free Press

Bay City, Mich., May 10. - Word was received here today of the sudden death of Capt. Joseph King, of this city, first mate of the steamer Miami, at Duluth, late last night, from pneumonia.

He was taken from the ship and died soon after at St. Mary's Hospital. The body will be brought here for burial, the funeral services to be held Wednesday morning at St. James church.

Captain King was one of the best known sailors on the lakes. He started in the spring of 1883 as pantry boy on the favorite and steadily worked his way up. In 1891 he was given pilot's papers, and in 1897 became master of the passenger steamer Sailor Boy, which plied between here and Alpena. He sailed this boat for 10 years.

He was a member of the American Association of Masters and Pilots, and had eight issues of licenses. He had sailed the Soo City, plying between Cheboygan and the Soo, the Manistique and the Ella Smith.

While sailing the last named vessel he made a trilling rescue of six men and a woman, who had been shipwrecked in a squall on Saginaw bay, performing the feat in a yawl boat.

He was born in Bay City 42 years ago and was the son of the late Capt. Charles King, who was one of the first natives of this city. He leaves a widow and two children.

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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Mon. May 11, 1914