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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Patrick Brennan

Patrick Brennan, who for the past fourteen years has been the efficient chief engineer of the Buffalo Water Works, was born in Ireland, May 1, 1837, and ws brought to America at about the age of one year. His father, Andrew Brennan, worked as a teamster after coming to Buffalo; he died about twenty years ago. The mother's maiden name was Elizabeth McNely.

At the age of seventeen Patrick Brennan began learning the machinist's trade at the Buffalo Steam Engine Works, where he served four years. During the year 1858 he placed a Corliss engine in the steamer Chicago, of the American Transportation line, and was made her engineer. He continued in the employ of this company two years, part of the time as engineer on their steamer Mohawk. About this time he also served a couple of seasons with the Dole line, on the steamer St. Louis, and a year in the New York Central line, on the steamer Idaho. He was also chief engineer on the steamer Missouri, in all acting about ten years as chief engineer in the merchant service on the lakes. On June 20, 1866, he was appointed, by President Andrew Johnson, chief engineer of the Revenue service of the United States, and for six successive years following this appointment was in charge of the machinery of the steamer Commodore Perry, stationed at Erie, Penn. He superintended the building of the government steamer Gallatin, also acting as her chief engineer, and in 1872 was engineer of the United States steamer Hamilton, stationed at New York, Boston and Philadelphia, respectively. In 1873 he resigned from government service to take charge of the tug line at Erie, Penn., for a couple of years, and later, in 1875, was made inspector of hulls at Buffalo for the Phoenix Insurance Company of New York. In 1876-77 he was chief engineer of the Detroit river and harbor tugs, while the following two years he was master and pilot of Buffalo harbor tugs belonging to the Hand & Johnson and Maytham's lines. In addition to the service above mentioned Mr. Brennan has superintended the construction of machinery of several government and merchant vessels.

In February 1883, Mr. Brennan was appointed chief engineer of the Buffalo Water Works, and still retains that responsible position. When he assumed charge the water works had one ten and two fifteen million-gallon engines, making a pumping capacity of forty million gallons of water daily. At the beginning of the year 1897 they had ten million, three fifteen million and one thirty million-gallon engines, making a pumping capacity of one hundred and forty-five million gallons of water daily. The last mentioned engine is one of the largest in the country. The pumping plant is the largest combined capacity in the world, and has a capacity of one hundred and eighty-seven million gallons per day.


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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.