"This District has produced more deep water Captains than any other section of Prince Edward Island. No part of Prince Edward Island has given to the sea faring world so many master mariners as the grand old district of Belfast, as the following list, kindly furnished the Patriot, by a retired sea captain, will show."
( Further notes have been added from Hebridean Pioneers by Malcolm A. MacQueen which reprinted and added to this same list, pgs. 58 to 61. Many Mc and Mac names are spelled differently in both articles. Name spellings have been adopted from the Hebridean Pioneers presentation. Those names added from the MacQueen's listing, or with additional information adopted from it are suffixed [HP] )
List of Point Prim Deepwater Captains sailing on Canadian, English and American ships to all parts of the world:
Capt. Hector M. Murchison - Lost with all hands on an Atlas line steamer from New York to Cuba. His 12 year old son also perished. [HP]
Capt. Neil M. Murchison - Died at Vancouver.
Capt. Murdock M. Murchison - Lost with all hands Barque Assyrian, New York to London. His brother John, 2nd officer also perished. [HP]
Capt. Hector J. Murchison - Died Yellow fever Venzuela.
Capt. John J. Murchison - Last running the Ferry at Borden and Cape Tormentine. D. Charlottetown, 1925. [HP]
Capt. Angus J. Murchison - Lost (aet 33) with all hands on brig "Tantana" on the Newfoundland Coast, Dec. 31, 1890. His brother, Alexander, 1st mate also perished. [HP]
Capt. Malcolm Murchison - Died old age at North River.
Capt. James Murchison - Lost with all hands, brig "Helen Davis" Charlottetown to Barbadoes.
Capt. Peter Murchison - Died at Charlottetown.
Capt. John Jas. Murchison - Retired at Buenos Ayres.
Capt. Roderick Murchison - Died at San Francisco.
Capt. Neil D. Murchison - Retired at San Rafael, California. D. 1947 there. [HP]
Capt. Peter D. Murchison - Died in San Francisco.
Capt. Donald D. Murchison - Sailing six masted barquentine out of California, Australia and New Zealand. Killed 1929 in fall in the hold of a ship in Seattle. [HP]
Capt. Alex Hector MacDonald - Lost with all hands on the ship "Isabella".
Capt. Samuel MacDonald - Died of fever at Charlottetown.
Capt. Roderick Macdonald - [HP]
Capt. Murdoch R. Macdonald - Drowned, Halifax. [HP]
Capt. John D. Macdonald - Pinette. [HP]
Capt. Kenneth Finlayson - Died at Charlottetown, old age.
Capt. William Finlayson - Lost overboard on voyage to Africa.
Capt. Samuel MacLean - Retired from sea.
Capt. Roderick Cameron - Died at Charlottetown.
Capt. Alex. Cameron - Died at Charlottetown.
Capt. Donald M. MacLeod - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Alex. MacLeod - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Malcolm MacLeod - Died of old age at Winnipeg.
Capt. Murdoch MacRae - Died New Zealand.
Capt. Martin MacRae - Lost in the American ship "Samaria" with all hands including his wife, Catherine Ross, Flat River, off the California Coast. [HP]
Capt. John MacRae - Lost with ship "AngloIndia." Some of crew saved on Formosa Island.
Capt. Alex MacRae - Killed off a bridge in California.
Capt. Donald A. MacRae - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Murdock D. MacRae - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Donald MacRae - At Annandale.
Capt. Samuel Nicholson - Lost overboard from his steamer off Sandy Hook. [HP]
Capt. Malcolm Nicholson - Master of four master full rigged ship "Similia". She was cut in two in English Channel while sailing from London to Calcutta. Crew were all saved.
Capt. John Gillis - Died at Glasgow.
Capt. John Gillis - Born Skye, Died Charlottetown, 1931, aged 99. [HP]
Capt. Sam Buchanan - At Breadalbane.
Capt. Peter Lockman - Lost with all hands except cabin boy who floated away to sea on a piece of wreckage and picked up by a passing ship. It was a four masted full rigged ship. She was lost near Madagascar.
Capt. Malcolm Lockman - Died at Bermuda. Was last Superintendent of the Quebec Steamship Company, out of New York.
Capt. Allan Macaulay - Died at sea nearing San Francisco.
Capt. Alex Macaulay - Died, near Portland Me.
Capt. Donald MacIver. [HP]
Note. The youngest Captain was Sam Macdonald, who at the age of 18, took the command of the brig "Tam O'Shanter" owned by the late Daniel Davies.
Deepwater Captains from other parts of Belfast, sailing to all parts on Canadian, English and American ships:
Capt. Roderick MacLeod "Ho ro", Orwell Cove - Died in New Zealand. [Roderick sailed with Capt. Alex Campbell aboard the Pakeha to New Zealand as Second Mate. See passenger list of the Pakeha on the ships page.] [HP]
Capt. Donald MacLeod "Ho ro", Orwell Cove - Died in Liverpool, Smallpox. [HP]
Capt. Alex. Wm. MacLeod "Ho ro", Orwell Cove - Died on his last ship, "Northumberland". [HP]
Capt. John MacLeod "Ho ro" Sr. - Orwell Cove, Died Orwell Cove. [HP]
Capt. John MacLeod "Ho ro" Jr. - Orwell Cove, Died New York. [HP]
Capt. Murdoch MacLeod "Beag", Orwell Cove - Drowned in the Pacific. [HP]
Capt. Alex MacLeod, Sr. - Orwell, Died Orwell, S.S. Gulnare [HP]
Capt. Alex MacLeod, Jr. - Orwell, Son of above, Died Quebec, S.S. Gulnare [HP]
Capt. John MacLeod, Orwell - Died sailing out of New York.
Capt. Neil MacLeod, Orwell - Died at sea, Pacific Ocean.
Capt. Malcolm MacLeod, (Rory) of Eldon.
Capt. William MacLeod, Eldon - Lost overboard, P.E. Island to Liverpool.
Capt. Neil Campbell, Uigg - Killed by a passing train at Portland, while in the act of boarding his ship.
Capt. Alex A. Campbell, Pinette - Died New Zealand, old age. [Alex was the captain of the Pakeha which sailed from P.E.I., and landed in New Zealand on May 26, 1864. See passenger list of the Pakeha on the ships page!]
Capt. Roderick A. Campbell, Pinette - Frozen crossing from Pictou to Wood Island.
Capt. Allan A. Campbell, Pinette - Drowned in the biggest English ship the "Androina" then afloat. She was sailing from New York to Calcutta.
Capt. A. Hector A. Campbell, Pinette - Lost with all hands on English full rigged ship from Bombay to Liverpool.
Capt. Norman Campbell, Pinette - Sailing out of Liverpool.
Capt. Thomas MacRae - Died on Northumberland.
Capt. David MacRae - Died in New York.
Capt. Rory (Roderick) MacRae, Pinette - Died Pinette, old age.
Capt. Daniel MacRae, Pinette - Superintendent at Edison, Chicago.
Capt. Duncan MacDougall, Eldon - Retired on farm. Died Eldon. [HP]
Capt. Angus MacDougall, Eldon - Retired at Charlottetown. Died Charlottetown. [HP]
Capt. Charles MacDougall - Pinette. Died Newtown Bridge. [HP]
Capt. John C. Nicholson, Orwell - Died at Charlottetown.
Capt. John A. Nicholson, Orwell - Retired on farm.
Capt. John Macpherson, Pinette - Died at Medicine Hat.
Capt. Mal. Macpherson, Pinette - Died in Western Canada.
Capt. Malcolm MacDonald - Uigg, Retired as Merchant, Georgetown. [HP]
Capt. Archie MacEachern, Eldon - Drowned at Brisbane, Australia.
Capt. Allan Finlayson, Eldon - Retired at Charlottetown. D. Charlottetown. [HP]
Capt. Thomas Young, Pinette - Died in Pinette.
Capt. Angus Young - Drowned off Belle River.
Capt. Roderick Mackenzie, Pinette - Died old age.
Capt. Hector Morrison, Pinette - Died California. [HP]
Capt. Mal. McLean, Surrey - Lost with all hands on barquentine "Viglant" Baltimore to London.
Capt. Lachlan "Laghy" McLean, Wood Islands - Living in Western States.
Capt. Angus Brown, Wood Islands - Died old age at Wood Islands.
Capt. Dan MacInnis, Pinette - Died of smallpox in South Atlantic on brig "Glencairn".
Capt. John Gillis, Orwell Cove. [HP]
Capt. Alex Shaw, Lorne Valley - Murdered at sea in bark "Veronica," from Mobile to Buenos Ayres. All officers killed. Mutineers convicted and hung at Liverpool. [HP]
Coasting Captains out of Point Prim and other part of Belfast:
Capt. Murdoch Finlayson - Retired.
Capt. Archibald Finlayson - Died Point Prim, old age.
Capt. Donald Hector Macdonald - Died at Pinette.
Capt. John J. Macdonald, Orwell - Died Orwell. [HP]
Capt. Alex McInnis, Pinette - Retired on farm at Pinette.
Capt. John MacLean - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Donald D. MacRae, Pinette - Master Mariner, Died at Pinette. [HP]
Capt. Donald MacRae, Pinette - son of Donald D., Master of Barque J.H. Myrick abt 1880. [HP]
Capt. Roderick "Rory" A. MacRae, Pinette - Retired on farm at Pinette. [HP]
Capt. J. MacDougall, Belle River.
Capt. Donald Neil Murchison - Died at Point Prim.
Capt. Roderick "Rory" Nicholson, Orwell - Died Orwell. [HP]
Capt. Samuel Nicholson, Mount Buchanan - Master of passenger ship "Gelnelg" abt 1880, London to Australia. [HP]
Capt. Malcolm, Mount Buchanan - Master of passenger ship abt. 1880. [HP]
MacMillan - Master of Brig "Alpheta" abt 1880. [HP]
Capt. John Riley, Belle River.
"Not one of the young generation now growing up at Point Prim, go to sea. They take up other callings or leave for the West."