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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Engineer Peter Britz

Engineer Peter Britz, a prominent marine engineer sailing out of Marine City, has by virtue of ability come rapidly to the front in his calling. He is a son of John J. and Mary Christina (Sicken) Britz, and was born July 24, 1870. His parents are natives of Cologne, Germany, and came to the United States about the year 1852, first locating in Detroit, afterward purchasing a farm of 120 acres on the St. Clair river, upon which they settled. The mother is a sister of Capt. M. Sicken, a wealthy and prominent vessel owner of Marine City. Peter Britz, the subject of this sketch, is the youngest of nine children, and remained on the farm until he was eighteen years of age, acquiring a liberal public-school education in the meanwhile.

In the spring of 1888 Mr. Britz went to Buffalo and entered the employ of Samuel McCutcheon as an apprentice to the steam-fitting and machinist's trade, remaining two years. It was on June 26, 1890, that he commenced sailing as water-tender on the steamer Susquehanna, soon becoming oiler, closing the season on the steamer Matoa in the same capacity. The next two years he shipped as oiler on the steamers Charles A. Eddy, William H. Gilbert, City of London, and the Seneca, a Lehigh Valley steamer, working during the winter months as steamfitter. In the spring of 1893 he joined the steamer Seneca as third engineer, and when she laid up in ordinary, he went as fireman on the M. Sicken with his brother, in order that he might get in his time, and was granted an engineer's license the next spring by Mr. Schumacker, of Buffalo, for 900-ton boats, and was appointed second engineer of the steamer Wotan, holding that berth two seasons. In the spring of 1896 he received first-class papers, and joined the steamer Katahdin as second engineer, with William Brake. The next season he was second on the steamer E. M. Peck. It was in 1898 that he was appointed chief engineer on the steamer Edward H. Jencks, running her until August, and closing the season on the steamer Wotan as chief.

Socially he is a member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association, and the National Life, a beneficial insurance company.

On February 9, 1896, Mr. Britz was wedded to Miss Mary Helen, daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Meyers) Bammel, the former of whom is retired farmer of Marine City. One son, Urban A. B. Britz, was born to this union. The family homestead is in Marine City.


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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.