Sidney Le Beau
Sidney Le Beau is one of the seven children of John and Saphrona (Lauderville) Le Beau, the former of whom was a carpenter by trade, and was born in Odgensburg, N.Y., March 31, 1869. Mr. Le Beau began his seafaring life in 1885, shipping before the mast on the Buckley, an Ogdensburg boat, for that season, and in 1886 went as porter on the Japan. The following season he was in the same capacity on the India, on which he also commenced the season of 1888, making two trips as her lookout. He then went into the city of Fremont, wheeling her during the season of 1889, and shipped in the same capacity the next season on the Josephine, remaining for half of the season; the balance he spent on the Sheldon. The three succeeding seasons he was with Captain Brown, of Cleveland, on the Choctaw, wheeling her two seasons, and acting as second mate the third season. In 1894 he went on the Kearsage, helping to fit her out new, and remained as her second mate all season; the following one, 1895, he was about divided equally between the Hopkins and the Pearl, his service as mate on the latter ending when she was laid up, and he finished the season on the Lehigh, as second mate. For the seasons of 1896-97 Mr. Le Beau was second mate of the Juniata, and during the season of 1898 he was employed as mate of the steamer Geo. Presley, with C.D. Woodward. He has two brothers who are now sailing, George being wheelsman on the Schuylkill, and Theophile wheelsman on the Delaware. Mr. Le Beau is a painstaking, conscientious and faithful worker, paying attention to every little detail, and these qualities will ultimately, in the no-distant future, secure him command of one of the fast liners. Mr. Le Beau was married to Miss Eva Marcou, of Odgensburg, February 17, 1896, and one daughter has blessed their union. The family residence is at No. 50 Canal street, Odgensburg, New York.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.