Irvin G. Buzzard
Irvin G. Buzzard, chief engineer on the Maggie Duncan, was born in Oakland county, Mich., May 28, 1856, and is a son of George W. Buzzard, who spent thirty years on the Great Lakes as master of the schooners, but is now living retired in Port Huron, Mich. To that place the family removed when our subject was only nine years of age, and there he has since made his home.
On starting out in life for himself, Mr. Buzzard entered the Phoenix Iron Works, where he served a four-years' apprenticeship, and then worked in the shops until 1888, when he began his marine career. He was first employed as second engineer on the steambarge Cleveland for one year, and the following year served in the same position on the Colorado. After a season as second engineer on the Caledonia and one on the Cleveland as chief, he went upon the Maggie Duncan, where he is still serving as chief engineer.
On November 17, 1881, Mr. Buzzard was married to Miss Agnes C. Gleason, of Port Huron, by whom he has two children, G. Harold, who is now attending school; and Gleason M., who was born in 1898. Fraternally, Mr. Buzzard is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Maccabees and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, having been financial secretary of the last named order for some 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.