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 George C. Burns

Captain George C. Burns, the efficient master of the Venezuela, has been closely connected with the marine of the Great Lakes for many years. In early boyhood his desire was to become a sailor and as time advanced it increased instead of diminishing, so that at the age of seventeen he began his marine career. His father, John C. Burns, was a captain for many years, having been in command of the Pembroke, Poland, William Wallace, Rob. Anderson, and C.N. Pratt, and is now living a retired life in Amherstburg, Ont., near the place of his birth. He is a son of Cornelius Burns, who was a soldier in the Canadian Army at the time John was born.

Captain Burns, subject of this sketch, began his earthly career November 12, 1860, in Amherstburg, Ont., where he spent the days of his boyhood and youth attending the public schools. His first season as a sailor was spent on the John Owen as watchman, and later he was before the mast on the Hattie Wells, Mary Lyon, Columbian and Polly M. Rogers. He was then wheelsman on the tugs Winslow and the William A. Moore for one season each, and served in the same capacity on the Crusader for four years; then served as mate on the same vessel for one season. This was followed by a like service on the Mary Pringle, Gettysburg, New Orleans, C.F. Curtiss and Louis Palhow, when, during the following season, he was given command of the Washburn, on which he remained for two years, going as captain of the propeller Toledo for the same length of time, after which he became master of the J. H. Pauly, and in April, 1897, brought the steamer Venezuela out new, which he is still in command of.

On January 7, 1884, Captain Burns married Miss Loretto Mahon, who has four brothers on the lakes: Albert, master of the steamer Amazonas; Walter, first mate of the steamer Marida; Joseph, second mate of the steamer Amazonas; and Michael, wheelsman on the steamer Marida. The Captain and his wife have two children: Miner J. and Loretto M., both at school.


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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.