Michael "Captain Mike" McSweeney was the owner of the steamer Grand Isle, which carried mail, supplies, and tourists to Grand Isle until 1911, when Captain Mike sold it and retired from a lifetime on the waters. When he died in 1912 at the age of 69, the Picayune said this about him:
His face and figure and affable disposition were known to half the river travelers of the state. His death marks the passage from contemporary life of the old generation of river boatmen, for he was the last to die of the men who engaged in river trafficking after the Civil War and stayed with it. For many years . . . Captain Mike was practially without competitors, handling all of the traffic between New Orleans and Grand Isle. He was always ready with a joke. He had friends from Minneapolis to Port Eads, as well as east and west. [Daily Picayune, March 28, 1912]With him here is his son, John R. McSweeney.
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