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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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Edward R. Blanchard

Edward R. Blanchard is well known in Detroit in his connection with the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, which has no more enthusiastic member or one who has done more for the general interest of the association and the special interest of No. 3, of which he is now treasurer. He became a member twelve years ago and has filled the offices of doorkeeper, chaplain, secretary, vice-president, etc., and for the last four years has been a representative in the national meeting at Washington.

Mr. Blanchard was born in Southampton, England, October 12, 1851, son of Alfred and Frances (Wright) Blanchard, the former of whom was a well-known yacht builder there. His oldest brother, Alfred, Jr., was a yachtsman and was drowned off a yacht near Southampton some years ago. His brother George is the master of a large yacht which has been in the Mediterranean since early in 1896. The other brother, William, is in business in London, England, and is the only one of the family not connected with marine interests. Edward was in the yachting business out of Southampton as a young man, and left his native country for America in 1873, coming direct to Detroit, where he obtained employment as assistant engineer of the tug L.L. Lyon. The season of 1874 he spent as second engineer of the William A. Moore, and in 1875 he held the same position on the William Goodnow. In 1876 he returned to England in hope of benefiting the health of his wife, and he was again connected with English yachts until 1882, when he returned to Detroit; on account of his wife's health, however, he did not go on the lakes until the season of 1883, when he became engineer of the George A. Marsh, the tender for the Detroit river lighthouse during the building of the latter. He held the same position in 1884, and in 1885 he accepted from Hiram Walker & Sons the position of chief engineer of their fine yacht Pastime, giving such excellent satisfaction that he has been retained on her continuously since.

On December 12, 1874, in Detroit, Mr. Blanchard wedded Miss Emma Wright, an English girl, and they have had ten children, of whom three only are now living: Alfred E. (who is on the lakes). Ernest W. and Gertrude. Mr. Blanchard also holds membership with the A.O.U.W. in fraternal connection.


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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.