Sunday, January 28, 2018

Capt. Steele's Obituary

Here is a clipping of Captain Steele's obituary. It is transcribed below. Capt. Steele died on Tuesday, May 30, 1944 in Boston.

Byrd's Arctic Skipper Dies BOSTON (AP)--Capt. George F. Steele, 69-year-old master mariner and captain of the S. S. Peary, which carried Donald B. MacMillan  and Adm. Richard E. Byrd on their 1925 Arctic expedition, died yesterday at the U. S. Marine Hospital after a long Illness. A follower of the sea all his life, Capt. Steele was born at Cape Breton, N. S., and same to Boston young man. During World War One he served with the U. S. shipping board emerged from retirement in the present conflict to command a Liberty Liberty ship until last fall.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Captain George F Steele's Cemetery Plot

Capt. George F. Steele was my maternal grand-uncle. His brother was Anthony Steele, my mother's father. Captain Steele was a Master Mariner and lived a life of adventure on the high seas. A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit the cemetery in Boston where he is buried. The two brothers were buried together, along with their wives. I never knew Capt. Steele, nor his brother. Anthony's wife, Mary Ann Morrison Steele lived in our house in Boston. I was very close to my Nana, and we lost her when I was 16 years old. So here is a photo of their grave site, at St. Joseph's Cemetery in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Master Mariner

My grand-uncle (my grandfather's brother), Capt. George F. Steele was a Master Mariner, educated in Canada. He had a long and sometimes tragic working life at sea. But I have to say the most gripping story is about his adventures on The MacMillan-Byrd-McDonald 1925 Polar Expedition. My friend Genevieve gifted me with a book that tells the story of that expedition. Did I say it was riveting already? Here's a copy of the cover of the book, long out of print. I see many posts to come about the adventures of Captain George F. Steele, Master Mariner.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

1925 Wiscasset, Maine Heading to The Arctic

I found this photo of The Peary, the expedition ship leaving Wiscasset Harbor on it's way to The Arctic with MacMillan and Byrd. Capt. George F. Steele (my grand uncle) was the captain of The Peary, and you can see The Bowdoin's banner on the left. There is a storied history of The Peary. But that's another post for a different day.

A Wedding Anniversary

So when you post on one family's blog, you must post on the other family's blog. An earlier post on The MacDonald Family blog highlighted photos from my parent's wedding day, 68 years ago. But they were photos of the Steele Family. Well, I guess it was the start of my branch of the MacDonald family so in my mind it made sense at the time.

But my mother was a Steele, so I'm re-posting these photos of her with her parents on her wedding day.

My mother and my nana Steele

My mom and her dad.

The happy couple!

68 Years Ago

My mom and dad married 68 years ago, on August 28, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. These old photos of their wedding day were grabbed as screen shots from an old VHS video tape, so they are not pristine. But they are my mom and dad, and I love these photos.

Mom and Dad's formal wedding portrait
My mom and her father, Anthony Steele.
My mom with her mother, Mary Ann Morrison Steele.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

1925 MacMillan Byrd Expedition Video Footage

So in genealogy, we often come across BSOs, also known as Bright Shiny Objects. Well this is mine. Technically I've been researching Capt. George F. Steele for a while now, but every so often I like to venture off and see where the research will take me. Captain Steele was my grand uncle, my maternal grandfather's brother. I've posted photos of my maternal grandfather previously.

My most recent foray into Captain Steele's life uncovered this amazing trove of video footage from the National Archives. I wonder if Captain Steele is in any of this footage? I do not have any photos (yet) of Captain Steele so I wouldn't know. But the footage is fascinating!