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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C. Blauvelt

C. Blauvelt, who was a prominent marine engineer during the earlier period of steamboating, is still active in the line of his calling: he is a man of fine stature and possesses a good reserve force of vitality. Mr. Blauvelt was born in Tompkins county, N. Y., son of Isaac and Betsey (Swartout) Blauvelt, who removed to Algonac, Mich., in the year 1848, and were considered pioneers of St. Clair county. They were of Holland descent, the grandfather having come to the United States while young and located in New York.

Cornelius Blauvelt attended the public schools until about eighteen years of age. In 1952 he began the life of a lake sailor, shipping as boy with Capt. William Wilds in the steamer Romeo, then plying on the St. Clair Flats, and the following year he went as fireman in the steamer Odd Fellow, commanded by Capt. William Dana. The next position accorded Mr. Blauvelt was that as chief engineer of the lake tug Pilot, which berth he held five consecutive seasons. He was chief engineer of the large tug William B. Castle, with Capt. R. J. Hackett, for nine seasons, and of the lake tug George E. Brockway, with Captain Moffat, five seasons. His next steamer was the Annie Smith, Capt. M. H. Murch, in which he remained two seasons, and for two seasons following he ran the propeller Allegheny as chief engineer. In the fall of 1885, after laying his boat up, he built a gristmill in Algonac to occupy his time during the winter months, and he still operates the mill when he is not sailing. After holding the berth of engineer on various steamers, the names of which are not remembered in order. Mr. Blauvelt shipped as second engineer in the steam passenger monitor Christopher Columbus, with Captain McArthur, and assisted in operating her during the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, his son, Robert Blauvelt, being the chief engineer; theirs were responsible positions, as over 1,800,000 passengers were carried without the loss of life, with the exception of one member of the crew who fell overboard and was drowned, although every effort was made to rescue him by Captain McArthur. In the spring of 1895 Mr. Blauvelt fitted out the George W. Farwell, which he engineered two seasons, laying her up at the close of navigation in Marine City. He formerly owned interests in some of the vessel property he had sailed, but has disposed of all.

In 1860 Mr. Blauvelt wedded Miss Lena, daughter of Jacob Sternlar. The children born to this union are George E., who was engineer of the John B. Trevor in 1897; Delos; Henry E., who died in 1895, while first assistant engineer of the Christopher Columbus; Robert S., who was chief engineer for the American Steel Barge Company for a number of years and brought out new many of their large steam monitors, rounding Cape Horn in one of them, he was chief engineer of the passenger steamer Northland in 1895; John W., first assistant engineer of the Northland, and Ralph H., also a marine engineer of good report. The family live in Algonac, Mich. Fraternally Mr. Blauvelt is a Master Mason.


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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.