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 Daniel M. Becker

Captain Daniel M. Becker (deceased) was a representative of a family which came from Holland and located in New York State soon after Hendrick Hudson made his discoveries. The Dutch name was Van Becker, but it was gradually changed to Becker by American use and brevity. With a party of their relatives the family located on a farm on the coast in New York, which place is now owned and occupied by Frederick Becker, a brother of our subject.

Captain Becker was born April 22, 1834, in Charleston, N. Y., but shortly after his birth the family removed to Three Mile Bay, where he attended the common schools. At an early age he and three of his brothers - Calvin, William and Hiram - went upon the lakes, being the first of the family to embrace a maritime life, and all became owners of vessels or captains, sailing for many years. Hiram died in Chicago in 1892. Daniel Becker left home at the age of sixteen and first sailed as mate on the Minnehaha. He was later on several different schooners, and had command of the Florida, Bahama, Thomas Mott, Brightie, Negaunee and Ahira Cobb. From the last named he went to the Everett, of which he was captain up to the week before his death, which occurred at Milwaukee, in December, 1890. He had made his home in Cleveland since 1875, and from 1874 until 1884, was a ship broker and a member of the Board of Trade in that city. During all these years he commanded vessels not a man on board was ever lost. He was a highly respected citizen of Cleveland, and a prominent member of the Ship Masters Association and of the Masonic Order.

On December 25, 1857, Captain Becker was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kelley, a young lady of Irish ancestry, whose father, Michael Kelley, was a pilot on salt water and spent the latter part of his life in Chicago. The Captain and his wife became the parents of six children, namely: Minnie, now the widow of Webster Roberts, who died in 1887; William H. of Cleveland, who married Mamie Gibson and is a member of the firm of J.H. Outhwaite & Co.; Zuleika, who died in 1884; Calvin, who died in infancy; Calvin, who married Nora Creegan, and resides in Cleveland, and Daniel, Jr., deceased.


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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.