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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Hiram Philip R. Brey

Hiram Philip R. Brey, a marine engineer of good report sailing out of the port of Buffalo, is possessed of many of the sturdy characteristics of his German ancestors, although his parents, Conrad and Elizabeth (Royer) Brey, and his grand- parents were born in the United States, Hiram was born in Green Lane, a village in Montgomery county, Penn., on July 31, 1861, where he attended school until he reached the age of thirteen years. After working on the farm until he was sixteen, he became tired of the independent farmer's life, so he ran away from home and sought a panacea for all the ills that mother earth imposes on a farmer boy, by the adoption of a life on the lakes.

It was in the summer of 1882 that Mr. Brey made this momentous step, shipping as a deck hand on the steamer Japan, and when the steamer reached Duluth he transferred to the fire-hold. The next spring he joined the steamer Arctic as fireman, and with the purpose of becoming an engineer he remained in that berth three seasons, followed by two in the steamer A. Weston. In the spring of 1888 Mr. Brey transferred to the D. W. Powers, and after eighteen months he shipped in the steamer Calumet. It was in the spring of 1890 that he received engineer's license in Buffalo, and was appointed second in the steamer A. Weston, followed by a season in the Manistique in the same capacity. In the spring of 1892 he was made second assistant in the steamer Chemung, being promoted to the office of first assistant the next year. In 1894 Mr. Brey was appointed chief engineer of the tug Annie Moiles, going as first assistant in the steamer Pascal P. Pratt the next season. In 1896 he became second engineer in the steamer John Harper, and after a year employed ashore he was appointed chief engineer of the steamer Inter Ocean, in which position he gave eminent satisfaction.

Socially he is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 1, of Buffalo.

Mr. Brey was united by marriage to Miss Catherine, daughter of Martin and Catherine Nicholas, of Buffalo, N. Y., the ceremony being performed on January 6, 1889. One daughter, Elizabeth Ethel Brey, has been born to this union. The family homestead is at No. 13 Edson 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.