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 W. P. Benham

Captain W.P. Benham, of the steamer Nahant, is one of the younger men who have met with success in the management of vessels on the Great Lakes, and has been sailing since 1885. He is a son of Capt. C. E. Benham, who occupies such a prominent position in maritime and civic circles in Cleveland, and was born in Cleveland in 1870, receiving his education in the public schools of that city, for the most part in the Orchard school. He commenced his sailing career when fifteen years of age, shipping as watchman on the tug Samson for a few trips in the fall of 1885. The following season he sailed before the mast in the schooner Queen City, spending the season of 1887 in the schooner Our Son, from which he transferred to the steamer Henry C. Richards, in which he remained six years; the first season he was second mate, and for the remaining four years master of the vessel. During the season of 1894 Captain Benham sailed the steamer H. B. Tuttle, and he was master of the steamer Britannic from the opening of navigation in 1895 until she was lost in the Detroit river. This accident was due to the failure of her steam-steering apparatus to work properly, so that she was struck amidships by the steamer Russia and sunk. After the accident Captain Benham sailed the steamer Waverly one trip, and the steamer Bulgaria two trips, closing the season on the steamer Australia. He commanded the steamer Nahant during the season of 1896, laying her up in Cleveland, and then sailing the wrecking tug C. E. Benham for a short time in the late fall. Captain Benham has made occasional trips on other craft than those named, while his own vessels were laid up; he was before the mast in the schooner Brunette one fall, and was wheelsman of the steamer Cambria for a time during the year she came out. The accident which resulted in the sinking of the steamer Britannic in the Detroit river was the only serious one which has occurred to any vessel with which he has been connected.


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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.