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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Thomas J. Bluett

Thomas J. Bluett was born in 1854 at Buffalo, N. Y., the only child of Thomas and Elizabeth Bluett, the former of whom was a cartman about the business portion of Buffalo for many years. He attended school in his native city, and began active life in the machine shop of Robert Dempster, where he remained several years, during four of which he was engaged learning his trade. He has also worked in the Erie railway shops, several small shops on Broadway, Buffalo, in the Ruger Cracker Machine Works, and with C. W. Whitman & Co. (formerly Donaldson & Polley), 178 Ohio street, where he was employed seventeen consecutive winters. Mr. Bluett's first experience in the lake service was as fireman on the steamer Starrucca, and he has since served as second engineer, respectively, of the following named steamers: Newburgh, Montana, Lehigh, Northerner, Tower, Fayette Brown, Commodore, John Rugel, Yokima, Albany, Thomas Adams, Robert E. Packer, Nebraska and Fred Mercur. He has also been chief engineer on the William H. Gilcher, Alfred P. Wright, Fred Mercur, Robert A. Packer and H. E. Packer, being on the latter for the season 1896, and transferring from that boat to the China, also as chief. Mr. Bluett has had two narrow escapes from death, and was in one collision, in 1886, when the steamer Lehigh, of the Anchor line, collided with the schooner Van Valkenburg off Thunder Bay light, sunk, and was afterward blown up; she was loaded with coal. He was second engineer of the steamer Albany the second trip before she was lost, and chief of the William H. Gilcher the same season she went down in Lake Michigan. Mr. Bluett is unmarried, and resides at No. 587 West avenue, Buffalo.


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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.