George F. Hale
George F. Hale, assistant at the Buffalo railway power house, was born at Perry, on Silver Lake, N. Y., January 1, 1861. Coming to Buffalo in early boyhood, he received his education at Public School No. 1, and learned his trade with Pratt & Letchworth. After two years in their employ he began sailing as fireman on the steamer Blanchard, and remained as such for two consecutive seasons. The seasons of 1881-82-83 he was oiler on the Montana, and during 1884 was oiler on the Milwaukee. In 1885 he was appointed second engineer of the latter, and continued in that capacity for five consecutive seasons. In 1890-91 he was second on the Harlem. In 1892 he was chief engineer on the steamer Empire State, being appointed when about thirty years of age, on which he remained steadily for three seasons, finishing his lake career, for the time at least, as chief engineer of the Tacoma for the season of 1895. Aside from the above Mr. Hale was chief of the Queen of the West. Mr. Hale was made assistant engineer of the Buffalo railway power house on February 16, 1896, and is still retained there. He has been a member of the Marine Engineers Association twelve years.
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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.