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 Isaac Guilbert Bain

Captain Isaac Guilbert Bain, son of William and Mary Ann (Guilbert) Bain, was born in County Wicklow, Vale of Avoca, Ireland, November 20, 1850, and like the majority of boys of those times received very little education, in fact only as much as he could pick up while at work.

Captain Bain began sailing at the age of thirteen, as boy on the steamer Windsor, from Dublin to Liverpool, serving on her a period of about three months. He subsequently went on the steamer Denmark, of the National line, as boy, and afterward as ordinary seaman, leaving her in New York, in 1866, and going to Buffalo; taking to the lakes he shipped as second cook on the Ella Bradbury, and then on the Philadelphia, in 1868, with Capt. Lyman Hunt, where he remained three years, as lookout, then as watchman and wheelsman. After leaving the Philadelphia he went on the propeller Sun with Le Hunt as master, and then on the Idaho, as wheelsman. In 1873 he sailed as wheelsman on the Dean Richmond, which had just been rebuilt, and after two trips was made second mate of her. Afterward he was mate on the Araxes two seasons, and second mate of the Commodore about four months, or until the Chicago was brought out, when he was transferred, and finished that season, as well as the next, on her. He then went into the Commercial line of steamers, and was mate on the Scotia and Russia for seven years, until the line went into the hands of a receiver, when he was appointed custodian, at their old docks in Buffalo, retaining that position a year. At that time he went in the Lackawanna line, with which he has been engaged the past twelve or thirteen years, as mate on the Colorado, Grand Traverse, Journeyman, Elmira, Miami, Scranton, Russia, Lackawanna, Arthur Orr and master of the Newburg, Russia, Barnum and others for several trips. Captain Bain has been rather lucky, never during his career having been in any wreck of any consequence, and through his determined, although jovial, ways made many friends since sailing.

In May, 1872, Captain Bain was married to Miss Margaret Stoddart, of Kingston, Ont., and six children have blessed their union, two of whom, Sadie, aged seventeen, and Isaac D., thirteen, are (1898) living. Socially, Captain Bain is a member of Erie Lodge, F. & A.M., and of the Shipmasters and Pilots Association, Local Harbor No. 41. He was also a charter member of the Lake Pilots Aid Association, remaining with same until it was disbanded. The family residence is at No. 186 Miami street, Buffalo, New York.


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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.