A. E. Bury
A.E. Bury, marine engineer on the Great Lakes, was born July 18, 1855, at Sombra, Ont., and lived at that place until he reached his seventeenth year. He then went to Detroit, Mich., where he served a four-years' apprenticeship to the machinist's trade, afterward beginning his marine life by shipping as oiler on the Colorado, on which he was employed a part of two seasons. In the fall of 1879 he took out papers and went on the tug Wilcox as second engineer, and then transferred to the Sweepstakes for one season in the same capacity. During the spring of 1882 he came to Cleveland and shipped on the Hiawatha as second engineer in the fall of the same year going on the steamer Ranney for a short time. He was subsequently engaged as second engineer, on the Columbia, Colonial, Egyptian and Wallula, and as chief on the Robert Wallace, R. P. Flower and Cumberland. After this he remained ashore for a time, employed by the Globe Iron Works and the Cleveland Ship Building Company, and in 1891 he came to the Specular, upon which he has remained to the present time. Mr. Bury is devoted to his life occupation, in which he has thus far met with such gratifying success, and he has always won and retained the confidence of his employers by his ability and trustworthiness.
Mr. Bury was married December 4, 1882, to Miss Florentina Caster, of Cleveland, and they have two children: Edward, born August 4, 1883; and Charles, born August 17, 1884, both of whom are at school at the present time.
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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.