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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G. W. Beers

G. W. Beers
G.W. Beers, the well known master mechanic of the Packing & Provision Co., at the stock yards, Chicago, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1859, a son of David A. and Kate (Conley) Beers, the former a native of Painesville, Ohio, the latter of New York. The father was reared in Ohio and for some years engaged in sailing out of Cleveland as chief engineer for the Northern Transportation Company. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the navy, and after the war he was chief engineer of the Commodore Perry. His entire life was spent in sailing or in working in machine shops. Both he and his wife died in Cleveland, honored and respected by all who knew them.

The schools of Cleveland afforded our subject his educational privileges, and after laying aside his text books, he served his apprenticeship to the machinist's trade at the Cuyahoga works. In 1878 he sailed from Cleveland as second engineer on the old G. N. Brady, remaining on her for one season, and from that time until 1897, he was either on the lakes or connected with shipbuilding. For one season he was oiler on the City of Detroit, a passenger boat, after which he worked in the machine shops for three years, and next went as second engineer on the steamer Atlantic, finishing the season, however, with the Union Dry Dock Company, Buffalo where he fitted out the revenue cutter, William P. Fessenden. He remained with them until the H. J. Jewett was completed, after which he was employed as her second engineer for one season. The following season he came out as engineer as on the tug Protection, of Chicago, and later was on the revenue cutter, William P. Fessenden. The following winter he worked for Hodge & Co., engine builders of Detroit, and then became second engineer of the steamer Pearl, for J. P. Clark, of Detroit, after which he was second engineer in the Anchor line. The next season he was with the Union Dry Dock Company, until the steamer Tioga came out, and on her shipped as second engineer for part of two seasons, spending his winters with the Union Dry Dock Company from 1885 to 1888. The steamer Chemung then came out, and on her he sailed as engineer for one season. He continued with his connection with the Union Dry Dock Company of Buffalo until 1890, when he was made master mechanic and chief engineer under Mr. Babcock of the South Chicago Shipbuilding Company. He was on the steamer Philadelphia, of the Anchor Line, in 1891, as engineer of the Arthur Orr, sailing out of Chicago in 1893, but returned to the Chicago Shipbuilding yards, where he was employed until in 1897 he accepted his present position as master mechanic of the Chicago Packing & Provision Co., at the stock yards. He has fitted out altogether over forty new boats and is a most thorough and competent marine engineer.

In 1886, in Buffalo, N. Y., Mr. Beers married Miss Katie Bradigan, a native of that city, and to them have been born five children: Frances, George A., Mary, Nellie and Katie.


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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.