Captain Damase Aphose Jacques standing at the Britannia pilothouse entrance

Captain Damase Aphose Jacques was an employee of the Detroit Windsor Ferry Company for 33 years, beginning around 1895.  He was captain of various vessels, including the Ste. Claire and Britannia for Bob-Lo for many of those years. The photo  above was submitted by his great  granddaughter Kimberly. It is an honor to recognize Captain Jacques as  the most historic crew member recorded on this web site.  Captain Jacques also patented the Jacques Davit Winch, for life boats which was placed on many ships after the sinking of the Titanic.  To view an image of the winch click here

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