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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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William Brake

William Brake, a marine engineer sailing out of Marine City, of which place he has been a popular and esteemed citizen about forty years, is in demand at the opening of every season to take command of the machinery of a good steamboat. He is the son of Jonathan L. and Mary A. (Locke) Brake, and was born in England, May 29, 1846. His parents took passage for the United States about the year 1844, first locating in Buffalo, going thence to Detroit, where the father entered the employ of E. B. Ward as foreman of his shipsmith shop, remaining in that position four years. He then removed to Marine City, where he started in business for himself as shipsmith, conducting it successfully up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1874, his wife having preceded him across the silent river.

William Brake acquired his education in the public schools of Buffalo and Marine City. After working with his father two years, and becoming a skillful artisan, he went to Buffalo and entered the employ of J. O. Robison, a gunmaker in business on Main street. Mr. Brake learned this trade thoroughly, devoting two years to it, and is able to make and finish a gun in the most approved style. On his return to Marine City he again worked in his father's shop.

It was in the year 1867 that Mr. Brake first conceived the desire to become a marine engineer, and he shipped as fireman on the steamer Bay City, which came out new that spring. This was followed by two seasons as second engineer on the steamer J.S. Estabrook, owned by the Toledo and Saginaw Transportation Company. In the spring of 1870 he was appointed chief engineer of the Trader. This was the first of that class of vessels since known as steambarges. He remained chief of her two seasons. His next steamer was the Robert Holland, which he brought out new in the spring of 1872, and engineered five consecutive seasons.

In 1877 he took the steamer Salina as chief, and ran her two and a half years, then transferred to the P. H. Birckhead, and was chief on her for the three following seasons. The steamer C. F. Curtis came out new in 1883, and Mr. Brake joined her as chief engineer, going onto the Robert Holland the next year. In 1885 he put in the machinery, and brought out new the steamer J. W. Westcott, engineering her three years. His next new steamer was the Robert F. Freyer, into which he put the machinery and ran her five seasons. In the spring of 1891 he was appointed chief engineer of the F. W. Fletcher, bringing her out new and running her five seasons. His next berth was as chief engineer on the steamer Katahdin, followed by a season in the E. M. Peck, and was retained on her in this position for the season of 1898. During the thirty years since Mr. Brake obtained his first berth as second engineer he has not lost a season, and by mechanical skill and good judgment has steadily advanced in his profession. Socially, he is a Master Mason and a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association.

Mr. Brake was united in marriage to Miss Nellie F., daughter of George Beal, of East China, Mich. Their children are Forrest B., Mollie B. and Russell. The family homestead is located on St. Clair street, Marine City, Michigan.


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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.