Captain Charles T. Brown
Captain Charles T. Brown, the ever popular captain of the steamer Alvin A. Turner, with residence at West Bay City, Mich., and who has for forty or more years been connected with the Great Lakes as a mariner, was born in Michigan November 29, 1840, and is a son of James D. and Emily Brown. The former, a native of Michigan, was for many years a well-to-do farmer in that State, and the mother was formerly of Ohio.
The Captain was reared on the home farm and received his education in the schools of his native place. Having made up his mind to follow the lakes for a livelihood in preference to agriculture, at the age of seventeen he went on a propeller as cabin boy; next was cook on the tug Armstrong, after which he sailed on the schooner Traveler, following this as wheelsman on the Chicago; was second mate of the Dubuque; then joined the propeller Antelope as mate for two and a half years. His next vessel was the ship Susquehanna, transferring to the propeller Prindiville, which he left to become master of the steamer Emma E. Thompson. Purchasing a half-interest in the steamer Stephen C. Hall, he sailed her as master, and later became interested as part owner of the schooner White & Friant, of which he was in command. He then became master of the City of New York, and soon after bought the schooner Gebhardt, after which he was recognized as part owner and master of the steamer Alvin A. Turner, his present charge.
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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.