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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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W. I. Babcock

W. I. Babcock, the efficient manager of the Chicago Ship Building Company, is a finished scholar and a man of national reputation as a naval architect and ship- builder. He has the right to contemplate with pride the many finely constructed steamers that he has designed and launched, some of which have been noted for their speed, and others for their stanch sea-going qualities.

Mr. Babcock was born in Stonington, Conn., in 1858, a son of Capt. David S. and Charlotte (Noyes) Babcock, who in 1866 removed to Brooklyn, N. Y., where our subject had the advantage of the excellent public-school system, graduating from School No. 11, in 1872. He then attended the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1876 with the degree of B. S., and two years later he was granted the degree of civil engineer by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, of Troy, N. Y., from which he graduated.

In 1878 Mr. Babcock became connected with the Morgan Iron Works, of New York, in the machine shop and as draughtsman, remaining with them until the next year, when he became assistant engineer of the Tehuantepec Inter Ocean Railroad Company, in Mexico. In 1880 he was engaged as draughtsman at Roach's shipyard, Chester, Penn., and remained with that concern five years. He was then called to New York to become assistant to the president of the Providence & Stonington Steamship Co., retaining that office two years. It was in 1887 that Mr. Babcock accepted the position of superintendent of the Union Dry dock Company at Buffalo, N.Y., and during the two years he remained with that corporation he designed and constructed several steamers notable for their beauty and speed. In 1889 he accepted the office of manager of the Chicago Shipbuilding Company, and during the ten years that he has directed affairs the company has built some of the finest and largest steel vessels that traverse the lakes. Since October, 1897, they have launched three fine vessels. The towbarges Australia, build for James Corrigan of Cleveland, and the Maia, for the Minnesota Steamship Company, have each a 376-foot keel, 48-foot beam, 26 feet deep, and a gross tonnage of 3,745.17, and a net tonnage of 3,467.89, while the steamer William R. Linn, built for C.W. Elphicke and others, of Chicago, has a 400-foot keel, 48-foot beam, is 28 feet deep, and has a gross tonnage of 4,328.71, and a net tonnage of 3,196.99. The Chicago Shipbuilding Company was organized in December, 1889, under the laws of Illinois, by certain Chicago parties, and parties connected with the Globe Iron Works, of Cleveland, Ohio. The first officers were J.F. Pankhurst, president; W.I. Babcock, manager; Luther Allen, vice-president and treasurer; and J.H. Craig, secretary. In 1892 the Cleveland stock was purchased by Chicago men, and Emmons Blaine became president; W. F. Cobb, vice-president and treasurer; O.R. Sinclair, secretary; and W.I. Babcock, manager. After the death of Mr. Blaine, in the summer of 1892, William L. Brown became president, the other officers remaining unchanged, and all these hold their respective positions.

The societies of which Mr. Babcock is a member are of a high order, and comprise the American Society of Naval Engineers, United States Naval Institute, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, and Institution of Naval Architects, of London, England.

In 1890 Mr. Babcock was united in marriage to Miss Grace W. Kernochan,daughter of Hon. Henry P. Kernochan, of Louisiana, and one son, Irving, has been born to them.


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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.