Captain Robert N. Bailey
Captain Robert N. Bailey, one of the family of five sons and five daughters of Alfred and Caroline (Brush) Bailey, and the only one who has in any way become identified with navigation of the Great Lakes, was born at Amherstburg, Canada, November 12, 1854.
When twenty years of age he commenced tugging at Detroit on the Oswego, which he wheeled for two seasons, and was also on the Swain in a like capacity for same length of time, after which he was appointed master of the City of Dresden, and sailed her two seasons. The following four seasons he was back again on the Swain as her mate, after which he divided one season on the tugs Gladiator and John Owen. In 1892 he sailed as second mate on the passenger steamer Depere, and in 1893 shipped as first mate to Captain Meikleham on the B. W. Blanchard, which berth he has filled continuously ever since, including the season of 1897. Captain Bailey is a member of Toledo Harbor Masters and Pilots Association, and makes his home with Captain Meikleham at No. 641 West Washington street, Toledo, Ohio.
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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.