Captain Edward J. Baker
Captain Edward J. Baker, of the Florence B., the Detroit river mail boat, was born in Detroit in the year 1870. He attended the public schools there, and after leaving school went on the tug Summer as watchman, and remained there all season. The two following years he was wheeling on the S.C. Hall.
At the age of twenty-one Captain Baker secured his papers as pilot, and was on the S.C. Hall again for four years as second mate. During the early part of the season after which he left the Hall, Captain Baker sailed on the E.G. Lindsay, but was compelled to lay off on account of illness.
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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.