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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Nelson Brown

Nelson Brown, who is a son of William H. and Ursula (Irons) Brown, was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, March 12, 1867. His father, an old-time lake captain, retired twenty-eight years ago. Nelson Brown received a good common-school education, continuing his attendance winters until he was twenty-two years of age. He commenced sailing in the spring of 1886, on the steamer J. P. Donaldson, as deckhand, remaining about three months, closing the season on the steamer Cleveland as watchman. The following season he sailed as wheelsman on the tug Oswego, until May 30, when this tug was sunk in collision with the May Richards, near Colchester Light, on Lake Erie. When he came off watch that night he went to his room, and shortly after 1 A. M. the jibboom of the May Richards entered it and came near passing through him; his hand was crushed, and a ring on his finger was bent out of shape. The sustaining rods that pass through the cabin were bent so that he could not get out, and he had to call for help. When he was released from his perilous position the crew, numbering twelve persons, took him to the yawl boat, and after a hard pull landed on the Canadian shore about three miles from Kingsville at 3:30 A. M. The Oswego sank in about five minutes in six fathoms of water. He next shipped on the tug Admiral D. D. Porter, as watchman, until the close of the season.

In the spring of 1888 Mr. Brown shipped on the schooner H. D. Root, of Cleveland, before the mast. The next spring he sailed as watchman on the tug H. Howard, being engaged in towing rafts from Hammond's Bay to Sandusky, finishing the season on the Ogemaw, as wheelsman. In the spring of 1890 he shipped as watchman on the steamer Gladstone, and the following season on the Argonaut, in the Chicago and Ogdensburg trade, and after three months he contracted typhoid fever and was forced to go into the hospital at Buffalo. In 1892 he sailed as wheelsman of the steamer Fayette Brown; in 1893 as second mate of the steamer Russia, second mate of the Scranton, and second mate of the W. B. Morley, respectively; in 1894, second mate of the Fayette Brown; 1895, wheelsman on the steamer Selwin Eddy; 1896, second mate on the Fayette Brown, and 1897, mate of the steamer J. S. Fay. In the spring of 1898 he went as mate of the steamer Colonial, and had a rough time on Lake Huron on the morning of October 22, about twenty miles south of Duck Isle, but found shelter in Thunder bay. This was the same storm in which the steamer L. R. Doty was lost on Lake Michigan. They laid up the Colonial at Tonawanda, N. Y., December 15, 1898. He has seven issues of first-class pilot's papers. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum.

In 1895 Mr. Brown was united by marriage to Miss Grace Crane, of Bathgate, North Dakota. The family residence is at No. 150 Buchanan street, Detroit, Michigan.


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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.