Thurman E. Beers
Thurman E. Beers was for several years connected with the lake marine, but for some time past he has been occupied on shore, being the present engineer at the Columbus street bridge, Cleveland. He was born in Peninsula, Summit Co., Ohio, September 29, 1867, a son of George W. Beers, a native of Painesville, Ohio, in which State he spent the greater part of his life, at present living on a farm near Independence. For some time the father owned and operated boats on the Ohio canal.
Leaving his birthplace at the age of six years, Thurman E. Beers removed with his parents to Newburg, Ohio, and later to Independence township, Cuyahoga county, attending school at both places. He early felt a desire for marine life, which was gratified in 1884 when he went on the Charles Castle as fireman, but remained only a short time. He then became connected with the White Stack line of tugs, owned by Robert Greenhalgh. After a time as fireman in that employ, he remained on shore one season and then went again on the Charles Castle for one year. He was next fireman on the tug Paddy Murphy, and afterward spent two seasons on the Tom Maytham, finally becoming engineer.
Mr. Beers spent part of the next season on the tug Florence, of which he was part owner, and the remainder of the year with the V.O.T. Co., on the Tom Maytham. For about eighteen months he was employed on the H.L. Chamberlain, and on the Alva B., for about five months, both belonging to the V.O.T. Co. In August of the same year he went on the propeller H.B. Tuttle as second engineer, and was later promoted to chief, serving as such for one year, since which time he has remained on shore.
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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.