Henry Braund, although not engaged in marine work at the present time, has spent many years of his life in that employment, and during his more active years was well known as an engineer thoroughly competent in all the different branches of his work. He was born, September 15, 1838, at Plymouth, England, son of Samuel and Mary Ann (Lucome) Braund who died in 1871 and 1842, respectively. Henry Braund spent the first five years of his life in his native place, and came to America with the rest of the family, who settled in Dunnville, Ont., for two seasons. They then removed to Whitby, Ont., and there lived for ten years. Henry, meanwhile beginning work by going on a farm. Not being adapted to this occupation he did not remain long and soon entered a shop at St. Catharines, where he served four years to the machinist's trade. Upon leaving this place he entered the railroad shops and, after two and a half years employment there, returned to Yale's foundry, where he had first been, to remain, however, only a short time. He then entered G. N. Ollie's Marine Engine Works, where for five year he was engaged in building engines for the Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, City of London, Dominion, Sir L. Tilley, Prussia, Europe, Argyle, Ocean, Scotia and several others. He spent the season 1862 on lake tugs running on all the lakes but Superior, and the next year acted as engineer of the steamer Dominion. During the seasons closely following he served as engineer on the Europe, Florence, Sovereign, Alma Munro and Armenia, remained on shore one year, and then returned for one season to the Dominion. The following year he entered the shop and built the engines for the steamer Sir L. Tilley, upon which he sailed from 1883 until 1894, and he has not sailed since he came off this boat, having found other employment in Detroit.
Mr. Braund was married, December 18, 1860, to Miss Martha Hastings, of St. Catherines, and they have six children: Samuel, a marine engineer; William, who also follows marine life; Jane, the wife of Alfred Mann, of Detroit; Thomas, who is a marine man; James, a machinist, and Clara, who is attending school. Mr. Braund is a member of the Masonic Order and the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
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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.