Alexander A. Brown
Alexander A. Brown is a young man who has won for himself an excellent reputation in marine circles. He was born in Wood Haven, Long Island, October 2, 1867, but lived at that place only three years, his parents moving to Buffalo, where he has since made his home. There he attended school some years, and subsequently served several years at the machinist's trade in shops of the John T. Noye Manufacturing Company. At this time (1890) he began the active marine life, going on the Northern Star as oiler, and there he remained six months, finishing the season in the same capacity on the John Craig. The next season (1891) he spent as oiler on the P.D. Armour and the Lehigh, and the following season (1892) on the D.M. Wilson as second engineer. Upon the Northern King he also spent a season (1893) as second engineer, and then came to the North West as first assistant for the year 1894, and was promoted to the position of chief engineer of the boat in 1895. In 1896 he was made chief engineer of the Pioneer; for season of 1897 was first assistant of the Owego, and in 1898 was made chief.
Mr. Brown is a single man. Socially our subject is a member of the M.E.B.A. No. 1, of Buffalo. He has been very successful in his line of work, and is one of the self-made men in this branch of marine life.
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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.