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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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James B. Blair

James B. Blair was born August 4, 1861, at Buffalo, N.Y., and in that city he has always made his home. He is a member of a family of eight children born to James C. and Margaret (Foster) Blair, both natives of Scotland. Hugh, the eldest child, was born in Scotland, and died in infancy; John is connected with the Standard Oil Company at Marquette, Mich., at the present time; Lizzie is married to Frank Miller, chief engineer of the steamer Boston; William E. and Frank follow the machinist's trade and reside in Buffalo; Alexander is a physician, residing in Buffalo; and Charles Arthur died in October, 1896, after one season spent on the steamer Clarion, as oiler.

James B. Blair attended the public schools until he was fifteen years of age. At that time he entered the printing office of Baker, Jones & Co., working in the press department, and remaining about two and a half years. He then entered a planing-mill owned by Haigh & Blair (the later member of the firm being his brother John) and acted as fireman. After a time he was made engineer, and in that capacity remained until 1883, when he entered the employ of L. S. & M. S. railroad as fireman. In the fall of 1884 he left the railroad and went on the steamer Vanderbilt, as oiler. Upon this boat, however, he remained only one trip, going on the Chicago, of the W. T. line, in the same position, where he finished that season and spent the following one. During 1886 and 1887 he acted as first assistant engineer on the Chicago, and the following year accepted the same position on the Albany, of the W. T. line, where he remained until 1891. At that time he left the lakes, and accepted a position of chief engineer of the City Elevator B, at Buffalo, where he has since remained.

On August 4, 1885, Mr. Blair was married to Miss Lizzie Genner, daughter of John Genner, of Buffalo. To them three children have been born: Jessie C., May 22, 1886; James B., October 27, 1888; and Edward William, April 20, 1891.

Mr. Blair is a member of the Masonic fraternity, of the E. E. B. A. and the L. O. F. at Buffalo, 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.