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 John M. Beverly

Captain John M. Beverly, or, as he is familiarly known, "Local Attraction Jack," was born in 1843, at Frederick, New Brunswick, a son of Francis and Margaret (Lombard) Beverly. His father was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1800, a grandson of Admiral Peter Beverly, of the English navy, and a great-grandson of Post Captain Beverly, to whom the British Government granted a tract of land near Boston, known as the Beverly reservation, before the Revolutionary war. Francis Beverly was the Queen's printer and bookbinder for the British provinces; he died at the age of ninety years, and his wife, who was born in Portland, Maine, in 1811, died in 1892, at the age of eighty-one years.

Captain Beverly attended the penny schools of New Brunswick, and finished his education at the Baptist seminary. He then commenced, at the age of sixteen years, his sailing career, in 1860 shipping on the schooner Gilbert Bentt, plying between the Bay of Fundy and New York City in the plaster trade. In 1861 he sailed in the schooner Abbie Wells, out of Portland, Maine, to the West Indies, remaining on her one year before the mast. In 1862 he was appointed master of the schooner Mary D. Wilson, holding that berth for two years.

On leaving the Wilson, the Captain quit sailing, and went as coast pilot between Boston and all eastern ports on the Atlantic, continuing in that business until 1878, when he opened a store and office as compass adjuster at the Union wharf, Boston. The following year he sold out his business there to Henry Mayo and went to Cleveland, in which city he had an office in the ship-chandlery store of J. W. Grover & Son, and there remained fifteen years and gained much renown. In 1893 he opened a shop at Brooklyn, Ohio, returning to Cleveland, however, in the spring of 1897, and estab- lishing a new shop and office at No. 150 River street. He manufactures all kinds of nautical instruments, and is always ready to go on board vessels and adjust compasses, Captain Beverly is the oldest compass adjuster in the United States, and when he commenced business in that line was the only one. He has been eminently successful in his chosen field, and has done the major part of the work on the new vessels launched on the lakes since his advent in 1879, the result of his science proving satisfactory to both owners and masters. He has worked for the Anchor Steamship Company of Buffalo for the last fifteen years; for the Western and Union Steamboat Companies; has adjusted all the compasses of Bradley fleet for the last twelve years, as well as those of Capt. John Mitchell, since he has been in the vessel business, and has been engaged by other lines as occasion required.

Captain Beverly has a master's license of the first class, which covers the Great Lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and is therefore a navigator in the fullest sense of the term, a qualification not possessed by any other compass adjuster in the United States. It is therefore to be presumed that he is well prepared to do satisfactory work. He is a member of the Ship Masters Association and holds Pennant No. 889.

Captain Beverly was wedded to Miss Mary J. Harvey, of Portland, Maine, in 1866, and two daughters, Daisy and Pansy, have been born to this union. The family residence is on a farm near Painesville, Ohio, to which the Captain retires during the winter months.


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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.