The Advocate 31 May 1917
From the Seattle Times of recent date:
Masters appointed to command the German sailing vessels taken over by
the United States
government will receive $250 a month salary, according to advices
received today by the
Shipping Masters Association of the United States.
"War Zone masters" as published recently, get $400 a month and a bonus,
and it is
presumed that if the sailing vessels are sent into the war zone their
will receive that amount.
"The salary of #250 a month for sailing masters is said to break all
records at home and
abroad, at least since the Civil War, and it is doubtful if any
windjammer master in the
Civil War period ever received such a salary.
Captain Frank McKay, well known in Seattle as the veteran master of
" ALEX T. BROWN" , has been appointed by the government as master of the
ship " STEINBEK" , which the United States recently took over in Eagle
Harbor. He is
now aboard the vessel, which is being restored to seaworthy condition
by the Winslow
Marine Railroad and Shipbuilding Company and Erland & Company,
sailmakers and riggers.
"Until the "ALEX T BROWN " sailed on her last voyage McKay had
commanded her ever
since she was placed in commission in 1903. The BROWN was built in
Ballard for the
old Globe Navigation Company, which sold her two years ago to the Port
Company. McKay commanded the schooner for almost fourteen years and
her as his home but all the Sound's master mariners stand ready to
serve Uncle Sam
and when he was called to the "STEINBECK" command, McKay responded
Frank McKay is the brother of Daniel M. McKay of this town. For many
claimed Provincetown as his place of abode and sailing port. He
sailed for many years
from this town on vessels of the Grand Banks salt codfishing fleet.
For a while he was
first officer on the three master " CORA McKAY", running between West
Indies and U.S.
On the night when occurred the wreck of schooners " FORTUNA" and "
MORRISON" at Race Point (February 14, 1894 ) McKay was on the "
Capt. Eli McKay, riding out the gale off Race Point.
Capt. McKay left Provincetown about 1901, going, as did many other
Scotians, who had made Provincetown their home for years, to the
when the eastern salt codfishery became unprofitable. Since going to
the Pacific coast
Capt. McKay has been noted for success as a master mariner. he is
favorable known to many of our townspeople.