Table of Contents

Title Page
Captain Edward Babcock
Captain George Francis Babcock
W. I. Babcock
Frederick A. Bailey
Captain Joshua Bailey
Captain Robert N. Bailey
Captain Thomas J. Bailey
Captain A. J. Bain
Captain Isaac Guilbert Bain
Captain Edward J. Baker
Captain C. R. Baker
Captain J. Baker
James W. Baker
J. A. Baldwin
Captain T.G. Baldwin
Horatio F. Bangs
Captain G. C. Barnes
William C. Barr
Captain John Barrow
Fred B. Barrows
Captain John L. Bartlett
Peter D. Bauld
William Baumert
James W. Beach
Oscar M. Beach
Charles Beatty
Richard Beaubien
Henry Beck
William G. Beckbissinger
Captain Daniel M. Becker
G. W. Beers
Thurman E. Beers
Harvey C. Beeson
David Bell
George M. Belloir
Captain W. H. Beltz
Captain Charles E. Benham
Captain W. P. Benham
D. C. Bennett
J. C. Bennett
James Bennett
Captain Fred G. Benson
Captain John G. Betke
Captain John M. Beverly
C. F. Bielman
Frank Bingham
A. D. Birdsall
W. E. Bishop
William H. Bishop
David A. Black
William A. Black
James B. Blair
Edward R. Blanchard
Joseph R. Blanchette
H. J. Blaney
C. Blauvelt
Robert S. Blauvelt
Henry Bloecker
Captain David Blom
Captain Frank Bloom
Charles A. Bloomer
Thomas J. Bluett
Adam G. Bohland
Captain George Bohn
George M. Bohnert
Captain David Bordeaux
Henry Born
Captain William A. Boswell
Captain Benjamin Boutell
Captain Thomas T. Boyd
Captain P. Boylan
George A. Brabant
George L. Brackett
Captain Thomas J. Brady
Fred A. Bradley
William E. Bradley
M. E. Brady
William Brake
Henry Braund
Samuel H. Braund
Patrick Brennan
Captain Julius Brett
Hiram Philip R. Brey
Captain John Bridge
Thomas W. Bristow
Engineer Peter Britz
John Broderick
J. P. Brogan
Captain Charles T. Bronson
Captain George E. Brooks
James William Brooks
Captain R. H. Brooks
Captain A. J. Brown
Alexander A. Brown
Capt. C. W. Brown
Captain Charles T. Brown
Charles W. Brown
Captain Frank H. Brown
Captain George H. Brown
Captain James E. Brown
Captain John Brown
Nelson Brown
Willis Brown
Hugh Buchanan
James Buchanan
Daniel Buie
Captain Dugald Buie
Henry Bullard
William Bullock
Captain Thaddeus F. Burbank
Henry B. Burger
James V. Burke
Captain William C. Burnett
William Ritchie Burnett
David Burns
Captain George C. Burns
M. J. Burns
Captain Riley M. Burrington
Captain F. O. Burrows
A. E. Bury
Captain Thomas Bury
Charles W. Butler
E. D. Butler
Captain F. G. Butlin
John Butterworth
Corey H. Buzzard
Irvin G. Buzzard
Captain Robert L. Byers
Captain James Byers
James T. Byers
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Captain C. R. Baker

Captain C.R. Baker, one of the younger men connected with the lake marine, has sailed more than half his life and held many responsible posts. He was born in Willoughby, Ohio, February 16, 1867, the son of Edwin Baker, who was a lake engineer for a number of years and is now engaged as engineer of the water works at Willoughby.

Captain Baker began his sailing career in 1881, having completed the course of instruction in the Willoughby public schools. He was with the schooner Negaunee two years, and with the schooners Thomas Quayle and Ahira Cobb one year each, during the next few years serving for brief periods on the steamers S.E. Sheldon, Wallula, Mitchell and Hesper, and the schooners Erastus Corning, Harvey Bissell, Conrad Reid and St. Lawrence. For some time following he was second mate of the steamer R.P. Ranney, of the E.B. Hale for two seasons, mate of the Henry Chisholm one season, second mate of the Maurice B. Grover one season, and mate of the George Stone for two seasons. During 1896 he sailed the schooner Samuel P. Ely, and the following season was again on the Stone as mate. On November 17, 1888, when Captain Baker was in the Bissell, that vessel went ashore on Point Abbey, in the Straits, in a blinding snow storm. She was scuttled to save her from pounding to pieces and remained there eight days before she was pumped out and released. When the steam pumps were placed on board, it became necessary to close the openings through which the water had been admitted, and this task was delegated to Captain Baker, who was then a seaman before the mast, and Joseph Langdon, the second mate. The work was most difficult and exhausting, as the two men were forced to stand immersed in the icy water and to repeatedly drop below the surface, in order to fasten the bolts at the bottom of the shutter which had been opened. He succeeded so well, however, in spite of all difficulties, that the vessel was pumped out and floated. Captain Baker was mate of the Stone when that vessel collided with and sunk the Kimball in Saginaw bay, April 26, 1895.


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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.