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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H. J. Blaney

H.J. Blaney, a well-known and highly respected citizen of Chicago, who spent several years of his early life upon the lakes, and has since had charge of stationary engines, is the present chief engineer of the Stock Exchange building, having held that position since 1894.

Mr. Blaney was born in Canada, in 1843, a son of Daniel and Nelly (Nichol) Blaney, both natives of Glasgow, Scotland, who at an early day emigrated to Canada, where they made their home throughout the remainder of their lives. By trade their father was a weaver. Our subject was reared and educated in Canada, and on leaving home went to Detroit, Mich., but since 1863 has resided in Chicago.

In 1861, at Detroit, Mr. Blaney secured the position of engineer on tug boats on the Detroit and St. Clair rivers, and during that year and the year following was in the employ of the Winslow line. In the latter part of the season of 1862 he came to Chicago, and the following year accepted the position of second engineer of the steam propeller Water Witch, which was engaged in passenger trade, and which was lost in the fall of that year in Saginaw Bay, while sailing from Chicago to Sarnia in the interests of the Grand Trunk Line. From 1864 until 1868 he remained ashore as stationary engineer, but in the latter year was made second engineer of the propeller line of the Grand Trunk line, and was on her two seasons. In 1869 he located permanently in Chicago, and during that year and 1870 he was engineer of a dry-goods house; from 1872 until 1882 was chief engineer of a building at the corner of State and Madison streets; was chief engineer of the Ayer building in 1882; from 1884 until 1888 was chief engineer of the Royal Insurance building; for the following four years held a similar position at the Auditorium; and since January, 1894 has been chief engineer of the Stock Exchange.

In 1867, Mr. Blaney was married in Canada, to Miss Margaret McMillan, and to them have been born the following children; Charles J.; Mary Elizabeth; William H.; Frances; George W.; Walter A.; Maud; Mildred; and Lillian. Socially Mr. Blaney was a member of the old M. E. P. A., No. 4; the Home Lodge No. 508. F. & A. M., and also belongs to the Royal League and the Independent Order of Foresters.


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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.