kurt! i guess that was not too soon! I have not found any info on Joe/Jack Martineau but have found info on the Algoma. first: The entry of the Canandian Pacific RAilway into the lakes shipping business was an important development for Georgian Bay. 1883 three Clyde-built steamers were brought across the Atlantic, the Algoma, the Alberta and the Athabaska Two of these, the Alberta and the Athabaska, are still in service.... 1885---- The wreck of the Algoma was a major disaster involving the loss of 48 lives. ...Captain John Moore...stern of the vessel struck the rocky shore...whole forward portion of the Algoma broke off and disappeared...small group of surviviors clung to the sloping afterdeck....They were there all day Saturday and Satudrday night ...Sunday morning they managed to reach shore on an improvised raft. Those who remianed alive were taken off the island by the sister ship Athaabaska on Monday afternoon.(Lake Huron, Georgian Bay Ships and Sailors)
Next: Captain William Mees. the "oldest captain on the lakes" In 1855 he went on the Algoma where he remained two years, then took charge of the new tug, Martin A Ryerson, on which he stated 9 years.(from Annual Meeting, 1895 Muskegon County by henry h. holt.)
Next: Commodore L.R. Boynton.. In 1883 he entered the employ of the Mackinac Transportation Co. as captain of the Algomah, which transported passengers and freight across the straits of Mackinac. But the desire of the operating railway company was to transfer the cars, both passenger and freight, bodily: and for this purpose the "St. Ignace" was built. She(the St. Ignace)...went into commision on April 11th 1888 and Capt. Boynton at once assumed command. The several years spent by Capt. Boynton on the Algomah enabled him to suggest many valuable ideas which were incorportated in her construction.The Algomah was now purchased by the Island Transportation company.
next: August 1, 1896 On board the steamer Algomah, crossing the Straits. A passenger commin on deck exclaims, "What wonderous air!"
It looks like there were two ships. The first one was built along with two others for Canadian Pacific Railway and these ships had to be cut in two at Montreal to move them to Buffalo and rejoined and taken to Owen Sound. "Service was inaugurated on the upper lakes in the summer of 1884"They were built with Georgian Bayand Lake Superior requirements and were practically ocean ships of canal draught.
Since "Mees" was on the "Algoma" in 1855 and Since Boynton was employed on the "Algomah" in 1883. We have to be talking about this smaller vessel that he was on. Again we still find it around in 1896 with the comment of the passenger about the "air" and see it is used to cross the straits.
It could be very likely that your Jack could have captained this smaller ship. I am going to assume that it is true. Smaller ship seemed to change hands more.(2-5 years?) The larger was only around for one year and not likely to have changed hands. I will keep looking for Captain Jack. Since i have been unemployed i have been volunteering at the local food pantry, here i meet a tug boat captain whos ancestors have been ship captains (Ryerse, origin, Holland)since 1850ish. I will ask him if he knows anything about the Algomah or has any helpful hints for where to look. later,