Captain Thomas J. Brady
Captain Thomas J. Brady, of Detroit, Mich., who is at present first pilot of Harbor No. 47, of the American Association of Masters and Pilots of Steam Vessels, was born in Detroit in the year 1858. His father was a shipbuilder, and Captain Brady was naturally inclined toward sailing. He was educated in Detroit, and went on the lakes when still a boy as deckhand on the steamer Gen. Burnside, working his way up until in a short time he became mate, in which capacity he sailed for about ten years. Until he became master of his own boat he was always employed on steamers. Captain Brady's first command, which he secured some five or six years ago, was the Whaleback No. 126, a flour boat, upon which he remained but a short time, afterwards securing the command of the schooner Mary N. Burt, of which he was master during four or five seasons. Captain Brady has spent nearly twenty years in all on the lakes, and his success is fully evidenced by the position he holds in the branch of the Masters and Pilots Association to which he belongs, viz., first pilot, the second highest position the association can offer. He is well known to many of the vessel men on the lakes, both personally and in his official capacity. The Captain is married, but has no children.
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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.