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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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James William Brooks

James William Brooks, one of the most prominent maritime engineers sailings out of the port of Buffalo, was born in Cambridgeport, Mass., September 7, 1851. he is a son of Amos and Martha (Cook) Brooks, and traces his genealogy through a long line of American pioneers, in both Vermont and Massachusetts. He attended the public schools of his native city, after which he engaged in various occupations suitable a boy of his age.

In the spring of 1878 Mr. Brooks came to Buffalo, N.Y., and shipped as fireman on the steamer Badger State, this beginning a career on the lakes which he has continued for many years. He worked hard, attending closely to his business, and this course, combined with a fund of native qualification, insured for him rapid advancement. In the spring of 1879 he shipped as oiler on the steamer Commodore, transferring to the Montana the following season in the same capacity. In the spring of 1881 he was appointed second engineer of the Badge State, and in 1882 he went as second engineer of the City of Rome. In the spring of 1883 he again entered the employ of the Western Transit line as second engineer of the Badger State, which position he held until the fall of 1886, being appointed chief engineer of the steamer Fountain City in the spring of 1887, and remaining in charge of her machinery until the winter of 1890. The spring of 1891 found him chief engineer of his old steamer, the Badger State, which he ran two seasons. In 1893 he was transferred to the Commodore as chief, holding the berth until August, 1895, and finishing the season on the steamer Mohawk of the same line. In the spring of 1896 he again took the steamer Commodore, which he laid up at the close of navigation in Buffalo harbor, thus rounding out a period of eighteen years, with a break of but one year, in one employ. It will be observed that Mr. Brooks advanced from the humble place of fireman to be chief engineer of the largest boat of the line for which he worked. He has seventeen issues of marine engineer's license. Socially he is a Master Mason, being a member of DeMolay Lodge No. 398, Buffalo; he is also an ardent and active member of the Marine Engineers Beneficial association, and was presiding officer of Buffalo lodge for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895. He is also a charter member of the Association, and has taken more than an ordinary interest in matters pertaining to the marine engineers of Buffalo.

In 1866 Mr. Brooks was wedded to Miss Laura E. Duley, of Buffalo, and there were born to this union three sons: William H., Frederick and Nelson M. The family residence is at No. 144 Sidway 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.