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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Captain David Bordeaux

Captain David Bordeaux, captain of the propeller John V. Moran, is one of the most widely known masters in the merchant marine of the Great Lakes. He was born in Clinton county, N. Y., in 1841, and was educated in the academy at Malone, N. Y., and at Nicolette College, Quebec, taking a three-years' course of study in the last-named institution.

At the age of fourteen years he commenced life on his own account as tar-boy on the schooner Courtland, sailing between Detroit and Ogdensburg, and after two months was earning a man's wages as a sailor before the mast. He was then employed as watchman on the side-screw steamer Baltic, running from Buffalo to Chicago; and in 1860 he became wheelsman on the propeller Racine, of the People's line, and later in the same year sailing in the same capacity in the propeller Forest Queen, plying between the same points. In the fall of this year he shipped as wheelsman on the propeller Union, belonging to the American Transportation Company, and toward the end of the season sailed as wheelsman on the propeller Potomac, running between Milwaukee and Grand Haven, remaining on her until January 15, 1861. In the spring he was given the same berth on the propeller S. D. Caldwell, and then shipped on the propeller Gov. Cushman, plying between Buffalo and Toledo, after which he served as wheelsman on the Badger State. In 1862 he was wheelsman on the propeller Buffalo, and in August of that year he shipped on the propeller Saginaw, plying between Buffalo and Sandusky. In 1863 he became wheelsman on the propeller Equator, going between Buffalo and Toledo, and in September of the same year sailed in the same capacity on the steamer Michigan, which ran from Buffalo to Green Bay, Wis. The following year he shipped as wheelsman on the propeller Cuyahoga, plying between Buffalo and Detroit, and then on the propeller Guiding Star, as second mate. While in the Cuyahoga, he received his papers as second-class pilot, and finished the season of 1864 as second mate on the propeller Kentucky. In the season of 1865 he shipped as second mate on the propeller Orontes, sailing from Buffalo to Toledo, and in the spring of 1866 he became first mate of that vessel, on which he sailed for five years. In the early season of 1870 he became second mate of the propeller Newburg, of the Union Steamboat line, and finished the rest of the season as first mate on the propeller Passaic. In 1871 he sailed as first mate on the Colorado, and in 1872 acted in the same capacity on the Jay Gould.

The following year he was chosen first mate on the propeller Newburg, belonging to the Union Steamboat line, and in 1874 he served in the same capacity on board the Portage. In 1875 he was made first mate of the Anchor line steamship Conestoga, then belonging to the Erie Transportation Company, and in 1876, in the same capacity, he sailed in the propeller Jewett. In 1877 he shipped as first mate on the steel steamer Tioga, and in September of that year became captain of the Nebraska. During the season of 1878 he sailed as master of the propeller Portage, and in 1879 was transferred to the captaincy of the steamer New York. For six years he was captain of the steel steamer H. J. Jewett, and in 1896 sailed between Buffalo and Duluth as master of the propeller John V. Moran.

The Captain was married, in 1866, to Miss L. C. Keeley, of Buffalo, and they have one child, who is the wife of Capt. Samuel Golden. Captain Bordeaux resides at No. 386 Fourteenth street, 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.