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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Charles A. Bloomer

Charles A. Bloomer, formerly president of the Western Elevating Association, is a native of the Empire State, having been born May 15, 1818 at Scipio, Cayuga county, of Quaker heritage. He is a son of John and Tamma (Chamberlain) Bloomer, the former of whom was born in Westchester County, N. Y., and the latter near New Haven, Conn. The Bloomer family on both sides trace their ancestry back to early English colonists of Plymouth Rock.

The education of Charles A. Bloomer was received in the common schools, and during his boyhood he lived successively in the counties of Cortland, Seneca and Ontario, to which his parents moved. While yet young he learned the trade of carpenter, millwright and contractor, and in 1852 removed to Rochester in order to establish himself there in the business of millwright. For several years he was thus engaged in the "Flour City," where his skill at his trade led to his recognition as one of the ablest men in that line in the country.

In 1854, through some financial complications, Stephen Whitney, of New York, became virtually the owner of a chain of flouring-mills located at Oswego, Macedon, Rochester and Black Rock, and Mr. Bloomer was placed in charge of the property, with authority to lease, sell or operate, according to his own judgment, and it was while he held this trust that he rebuilt the Frontier Mills at Black Rock. In 1856 he became one of the lessees of the Exchange Mill at Rochester, operating it until 1862, in which year he removed to Buffalo to take charge of the construction of the elevator built that year by William Rankin, Alfred Ely and Ashley Hall. This elevator, after passing through the hands of several different owners, became the property of Greene & Bloomer in 1881, burned down in 1889, and was rebuilt in 1890. Mr. Bloomer became part owner of this elevator, and in 1890 was president of the company that owned the property. In 1885 Mr. Bloomer was chosen president of the Western Elevating Company, retaining the position until 1890, when he was succeeded by George Sowesby. The same year he became a stockholder and president of the Exchange Elevator Company, relations which he still sustains, the office of the company being at No. 66 Board of Trade Building. Mr. Bloomer's elder brother, Dexter C. Bloomer, has been for many years a prominent lawyer of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and another brother owns a fine farm and vineyard on the eastern slope of Seneca lake. Mr. Bloomer is a member of the Merchants Exchange, of the Young Men's Christian Association, of the Buffalo Library Association, of the Republican League and of the Delaware Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, of which latter he has been a trustee and treasurer many years.

On October 15, 1839, Mr. Bloomer was married, in Newark, Wayne Co., N.Y., to Miss Cornelia Frear, and on October 15, 1889, they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Mrs. Bloomer died September 2, 1894. Mr. Bloomer has his home at No. 28 Orton Place, Buffalo, New York.


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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.