Table of Contents

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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Captain Frank H. Brown

Captain Frank H. Brown spent forty-four years of active sailing on the Great Lakes before he retired to the comforts of life on shore. He was born at Conneaut, Ohio, February 22, 1834, and after receiving such education as the schools of that section afforded at the time, he went on the lakes at the age of seventeen. The schooner Pilgrim knew him for one season, and the schooner North Star for an equal period. Then he spent two seasons on the schooner J. W. Brown, and another on the propeller Charter. He was with the propeller Milwaukee four years, and for three years following he served on various vessels of the American Transportation Company, which was the first organized company of lake propellers. He was mate of the propeller New York, with Captain John Kirby, and became master of the propeller Owego in 1862, this being his first vessel. Later he commanded the Elmira, Olean, Jay Gould, Dean Richmond, and the steamer Vienna, the last of which he sailed for eight years for M. A. Hanna & Co. Then he quit sailing long enough to build the steamer Robert Wallace, which he owned in company with vessel men of Lorain, and after sailing for two years, built the schooner David Wallace to run as consort. Eight years later he built the steam propeller Vulcan, and after sailing her four years built the steel steamer Vega, closing his lake career by sailing the last named vessel four years.

Captain Brown was fortunate in meeting with but one disaster of any consequence during his entire experience on the Great Lakes. In the early morning of November 17, 1886, he was driven ashore at Marquette with the Robert and David Wallace in a heavy northeaster and snowstorm. Owing to his careful management no one was lost or injured, and both vessels were pulled off without harm.

Captain Brown took up his residence in Cleveland about the year 1860. On December 28, 1863, he was married to Miss Frances Seward, of that city, and they have four children: One married daughter, Mrs. Jessie Kinney; their two daughters, Edna and Fannie, and a son, Frank, who still live under the parental roof. During the fall of 1896, Captain Brown built a beautiful home on Franklin avenue, in the west end of Cleveland.


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Volume I

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.