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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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George A. Brabant

George A. Brabant is a worthy member of that band of fearless men who form Chicago's fire department, and has for the past seven years had charge of Engine No. 3. Prior to that time he had sailed successfully upon the lakes. He was born in Marine City, Mich., in 1857, a son of John and Sarah (Kennedy) Brabant, the former a native of Canada, the latter of Ireland. The father, who was a ship carpenter by trade, was one of the early settlers of Marine City, but spent his last days at Otter Lake, Mich., where his death occurred in 1885. The mother died in Marine City, in 1857.

George A. Brabant was reared in Marine City, and from that port commenced sailing, in 1874, as stoker on the V. H. Ketchum, remaining on her one season. He was then stoker for one year on the William Cowie, and had a similar berth on the Aberdeen. For two years he was on the Bay City, and, after a time spent on the N. K. Fairbanks, he came to Chicago, where he engaged in tugging for the Chicago Towing Company, being on the tug Tarrant one year as stoker and four years as engineer. He was then engineer of the J. H. Hackley for two years, and later was engineer on the A. Miller and F. Crane, after which he quit the lakes, in 1888, and entered the employ of the city. At first he was engineer on Engine No. 32, later on Engine No. 43 and Engine No. 30 and since then has been on Engine No. 3, located at No. 86 West Erie street. Fraternally, he is a member of the M. E. B. A. No. 4, and of the United Order of Engineers.

Since 1878 Mr. Brabant has made his home in Chicago, and there he was married, in 1882, to Miss Emma Faerber, and the children born of this union are: Jennie and Gifford. The family residence is at No. 321 Noble street, Chicago, Illinois.


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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.