SEGERS was a riverboat captain, running steamboats on the upper Mississippi, as well as the Red River in Minnesota, the upper Athabasca River in Saskatchewan, the Yukon River and the Nile River in Egypt.
He was recruited in 1884 as one of eight pilots (four from the East, in Ottawa, and four from the West, in Winnipeg) chosen by the English government, as part of a larger Canadian contingent of about 390 people, who were hired as part of an expedition for the relief of General Gordon on the Nile, in Africa. SEGERS and *A.R. RUSSELL* reported their travels on the Nile on returning to Canada in an interview which was published in the Ottawa Free Press on March 21, 1885. Later he was a pilot on the boats during the Riel Rebellion in Canada. John SEGERS obituary described him as "one of the first steamboat captains". The S.S. Athabasca, launched in 1888, was "162 feet long and nearly twenty-eight feet wide, with a draft of four feet, and her Captain
Klondikers' camp at Athabasca with the S.S. Athabasca in background, 1898. was John Segers."