Capt. C. W. Brown
Capt. C.W. Brown, of Cleveland, Ohio, was born February 19, 1847, in Beloit, Wis., the son of Eli Porter and Louisa (Howard) Brown. The father was a saddler by occupation, but the mother belonged to a family of sailors, and thus the Captain comes naturally by his inclinations for a seafaring life. He has spent over 30 years upon the Great Lakes, identified with service in screw-propeller vessels only, and commenced his lake experience on the Wabash, of the Erie Railway line, as lookout for two years. He spent the same length of time on the Owega, Olean, Elmira, Blanchard and Jay Gould; one year on the Glidden; and five years each on the Vienna and the Columbia, at the close of his service on the last named vessel having served as mate for seventeen years. For the next three years and a half he was master of the Northern King, and the following season sailed the Globe. During the period when the steamships North West and North Land were being built by the Globe Iron Works Company he was super- intendent of construction for that firm and personally supervised the building of both vessels. In Buffalo, N.Y., in 1870, was celebrated the marriage of Captain Brown and Miss Lena Diebold, and they have become the parents of three children - Harrison W., Hattie M. and Lena L.
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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.