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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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A. D. Birdsall

A. D. Birdsall was born at Franklin, N. Y., in 1863, and received his education at Unadilla, Otsego county, that State. He learned the machinist's trade in the R. K. Teller machine shop at Unadilla, and subsequently worked for the Cleveland Ship Building Company, the Case Agricultural Works at Racine, and with Shepley & Walls, at Binghamton, N. Y. In 1882 Mr. Birdsall began life on the lakes as watchman on the steamer Frank Moffat, of Port Huron, finishing the season as wheelsman. The season of 1883 he was wheelsman of the Milton D. Ward, out of Detroit. He began the season of 1884 as mate of the side-wheel steamer Idlewild, plying between Toledo and Detroit, finishing as mate of the Sigma, a steamyacht owned by Colonel Reynolds, then president of the Wabash railroad. In 1885 Mr. Birdsall shipped as greaser of the Cambria, where he remained throughout the season. He was greaser on the Northern Light for the season of 1886, and was second engineer for the seasons of 1887-88 on the John M. Nichol and Northern King, holding a similar position on the Saginaw Valley until June, 1889, when he went to Detroit to become foreman over the shops and machinery of the Michigan Adamant Plaster Company. Here he remained until April, 1890, at which time he put in a new plant and new works for the above named company at Marquette, and became foreman there, continuing in this employ three and a half years. The winter following he was engaged in the Electric Light Works of that city. His next employment was at Marine City, where he fitted out the steamer New Baltimore, on which he remained as chief engineer for one season. During the early part of 1894 he was second engineer of the steamer Alaska, and chief of the Delaware for the remainder of the season. In 1895 he was chief engineer of the Connecting and Terminal Elevator at Buffalo, and for the season of 1896 he was chief engineer of the steamer Delaware.

Mr. Birdsall was married, at Cleveland, on April 13, 1889, to Miss Nora Van Kuren, of Youngstown, N. Y., and they have two children--Edna Madge and Ada Grace.


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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.