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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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Charles Beatty

Charles Beatty, one of the prominent marine engineers who have sailed out the port of Buffalo in past years, but now lives retired from active duties in that line, was born of Scotch-Irish descent in Londonderry, Ireland, March 15, 1837, a son of Richard Beatty, a mason and contractor, and his wife, Margaret (Doty) Beatty. His education was acquired at the public schools in Ireland and also in the United States at Milwaukee, Buffalo, etc., in the winter seasons.

Mr. Beatty came to the United States early in the fifties, and made his home in Philadelphia, where he had kinsmen. Being a lad of adventurous nature he shipped out of Philadelphia on one of the steamers of the Sanford Independent Steamboat line, plying between that port and New York, also between Portland, Bangor, Boston and Norfolk, and remained in that employ four years, working his way up to the position of second engineer; he sailed on the Kennebec, Delaware, Mineman, Sanford and Cape May. In the spring of 1857 he went to Cleveland, and was appointed engineer of the tug George H. Notter, which he took to Milwaukee in the employ of Elias and Thomas Simms, on contract work.

While in the employ of the Simms Brothers he did considerable wrecking with their large wrecking tug, and also did towing with her in the summer of 1860. During the winter he found employment on the railroad ferry boats between Milwaukee, Wis., and Grand Haven, Mich., as engineer. He then went to Buffalo and entered the employ of the Pease Passenger line, between Buffalo and Chicago, as second engineer during the seasons of 1862-63-64 on the Winona, Idaho and Galena. In the spring of 1865 he went as second engineer on the steamer Pacific and remained with her one season, the fall of that year purchasing a half-interest in the tug Mixer, which he engineered in Buffalo harbor two seasons and then sold. He then took the steambarge Oakland four months, finishing the season as chief engineer of the passenger steamer Atlantic. In 1868 he bought a half- interest in the tug C.W. Jones, which he ran himself in Buffalo harbor, and after selling her he built and was half owner of a new one, to which he gave the same name, C.W. Jones; he also bought an interest in the tug Compound. About this time he owned and operated the Mary E. Pearce. After running the new tug Jones one year he sold his interest and there engineered the Compound for five seasons, after which he built the tug Thomas Wilson, named for Capt. Thomas Wilson, of Cleveland, who had been Mr. Beatty's playmate in boyhood and lifelong friend. In 1892 he sold his other tug property and built the tug Townsend Davis. In 1892 while this tug was operating out of Buffalo harbor he made a visit to his old home, and spent three month very pleasantly in England, Ireland and Scotland.

Mr. Beatty has been quite prosperous in his marine ventures, and by the exercise of good judgment and industry during his younger years has acquired considerable property. He has held money in interest in the Hand & Johnson Tug line in Buffalo for over thirty years, and in the Wilson Transit line in Cleveland for ten or twelve years. He also holds a good block of stock in a brickyard, operating in Lancaster, N.Y., with an office in Buffalo. Mr. Beatty is treasurer of this company. During his active marine life he never had trouble with his machinery, owing, no doubt, to his thorough knowledge of the marine engine, and it is gratifying to him to know that he has never had a man injured on his boat. He is a member of the F. & A.M., DeMolay Lodge, of Buffalo.


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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.