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 P. Boylan

Captain P. Boylan, of Cleveland, Ohio, was born in Baltray, County Louth, Ireland, about the year 1833. His father and grandfather, Christopher and Nicholas Boylan, respectively, were first branch pilots of the port and harbor of Drogheda, on the river Boyne. They owned a pilot boat called the Gazelle of sixty-five tons, the only pilot boat of that port.

Capt. P. Boylan first went to sea with his father in the Gazelle, in 1845, remaining thereon until 1847. From the Gazelle he went to serve his apprenticeship in the full-rigged brig. Lady Florence, with Capt. Edward Bishop, serving part of his time in the schooner Lord Byron, with Captain Owens. From the Byron he was sent on board the bark Jeanette, Captain Moore, in 1848, loading railroad iron in Cardiff, Wales, for Boston, Mass., from which place he went to St. Andrews and loaded lumber for Drogheda, Ireland, when he returned to the brig Lady Florence, remaining thereon until 1850. He next went on the brigantine Isabella with Captain Kelly, and loaded railroad iron in Newport, Wales, for New York, arriving there in June, 1850. At Brooklyn, N. Y., he helped load a cargo of Indian corn for Belfast, Ireland, arriving in Belfast October 10, 1850, going back to the brig Lady Florence, where he finished his apprenticeship in 1851. He was then made mate of the same brig, remaining there until January 3, 1852, after which he was made mate of the schooner Monkey, Captain Moore. He shipped at Liverpool March 15, 1852, in the full-rigged ship Joseph Walker with Captain Oxley, for New York, the vessel carrying six hundred and fifty (650) passengers to America. Leaving the Walker at New York he went to Oswego where he shipped before the mast in the schooner Oregon, Captain Thompson. Then he went to the schooner Mary Frances, Captain McGann, and to the brig Halifax, Captain Graham, in the same year, becoming mate of the schooner Elizabeth with Capt. R. H. Hudson, in 1853. In the year 1834, he sailed as mate of the brig Arabian with Capt. Daniel McLaughlin, leaving her in July, to become master of the schooner Elizabeth. This vessel was lost the same year through springing a leak off Long Point, Lake Erie, went down December 5, with a cargo consisting partly of coal and partly of a traveling museum of stuffed birds and animals, which was on its way to Toronto. The museum, which was valued at $25,000 belonged to a man named Davis, of Cape Horn, and but $9,000 worth of it was recovered.

Captain Boylan sailed the schooner Albion in 1855, and the brig Arabian in 1856, purchasing the vessel three years later and sailing her for eight years. Then he sold her and bought the schooner E. P. Ryerse, spending the next eight years on board that vessel. The Ryerse collided with the schooner Bahama, of Dunkirk, and was lost in September, 1874. Captain Boylan libeled the Bahama for the loss of his own vessel and won the suit, receiving the Bahama in return. He sailed the Bahama until the fall of 1879, when she went ashore in a storm at Sand Beach, Lake Huron with a cargo of coal for Racine. He abandoned the vessel to the underwriters as a total loss, receiving the insurance of $7,500, and in 1882 he purchased one-half of the schooner Orantes, disposing of his interest that fall, and purchasing the schooner Arcturus until 1888, when he sold her and retired.

On January 29, 1855, he was married to Miss Julia Curran, of Cleveland. Their children are: Margaret J., wife of Joseph Meehan; Annie, wife of Manly Tello; Nicholas J. and Thomas E., coal merchants; Mary Frances; and Christopher, who is an oil merchant in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Boyland died in 1866, and in 1884 Captain Boylan married Miss Mary Prendergast, who was born in Cleveland.


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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.