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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Thurman E. Beers

Thurman E. Beers was for several years connected with the lake marine, but for some time past he has been occupied on shore, being the present engineer at the Columbus street bridge, Cleveland. He was born in Peninsula, Summit Co., Ohio, September 29, 1867, a son of George W. Beers, a native of Painesville, Ohio, in which State he spent the greater part of his life, at present living on a farm near Independence. For some time the father owned and operated boats on the Ohio canal.

Leaving his birthplace at the age of six years, Thurman E. Beers removed with his parents to Newburg, Ohio, and later to Independence township, Cuyahoga county, attending school at both places. He early felt a desire for marine life, which was gratified in 1884 when he went on the Charles Castle as fireman, but remained only a short time. He then became connected with the White Stack line of tugs, owned by Robert Greenhalgh. After a time as fireman in that employ, he remained on shore one season and then went again on the Charles Castle for one year. He was next fireman on the tug Paddy Murphy, and afterward spent two seasons on the Tom Maytham, finally becoming engineer.

Mr. Beers spent part of the next season on the tug Florence, of which he was part owner, and the remainder of the year with the V.O.T. Co., on the Tom Maytham. For about eighteen months he was employed on the H.L. Chamberlain, and on the Alva B., for about five months, both belonging to the V.O.T. Co. In August of the same year he went on the propeller H.B. Tuttle as second engineer, and was later promoted to chief, serving as such for one year, since which time he has remained on shore.

On December 16, 1890, Mr. Beers married Miss Kate Drew, of Cleveland. He is a member of the Knights of the Maccabees, and is the center of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


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Volume I

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.