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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James W. Baker

James W. Baker, who for several years was a prominent marine engineer, and is the present engineer of the Ogden school, in Chicago, was born in Sandusky, Ohio, in October, 1855, a son of John M. and Lydia M. (Whitaker) Baker. The father was born in New York, but moved to Sandusky, Ohio, about the year 1835, and there worked at his trade, that of ship-carpenter, dying in Chicago, in 1891; his widow is now a resident of Chicago. They were the parents of three sons: James W., our subject; J. Marr, who was on the tug Relief when she burned, in 1887, on Lake Erie, is now in Chicago; and Arnold R., who also sailed the lakes.

The subject of these lines was reared in Cleveland, and there learned the trade of machinist and boilermaker after which, in 1870, he commenced sailing the lakes from Cleveland on the tug Belle King, on which he remained eighteen months; then went on the tug Maggie Sanborn, as fireman for one season; then on the tug Amadeus, at that time one of the largest harbor tugs on the lakes. On her he remained some eighteen months and then went as second engineer of the D.W. Wilson in the coal and iron ore trade. After one season on her, he, in the following spring, went as chief engineer of the lake tug Relief, and was on her four seasons. She was burned in 1887 on Lake Erie, off Sandusky, after which Mr. Baker went back to his home in Sandusky, Ohio, where he sojourned some time. He was then licensed chief engineer, and in that capacity went on the V. Swain, of Cleveland, remaining with her two years, at the end of which time he became engineer of the White & Fraint, of Chicago, was on her seven months, and then became engineer of the Fred Kelley, of Cleveland, which brings us now to 1889, the year Mr. Baker left the lakes. In 1887 he came to reside permanently in Chicago.

Our subject's next occupation was as chief engineer for the Gillett Chemical Works, Chicago, where he remained two and a half years; then had charge of the Excelsior Block for about the same length of time, in 1894 receiving appointment as chief engineer of the Ogden school, his present charge.

In 1880, at Sandusky, Ohio, Mr. Baker was married to Miss Fanny Palmer, of Fort Wayne, Ind. Our subject was formerly a member of the M.E.B.A., No. 4, and was president of the lodge in 1892. He is affiliated with the K. of P., and with the A.F. & A.M., Blair Lodge No. 393.


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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.