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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Captain Dugald Buie

Captain Dugald Buie is a native of Renfrewshire, Scotland, and was born in 1838, the son of Archibald and Sarah (McDougall) Buie, who had eight children in all, the others being named, respectively, Duncan (now deceased, who was for about sixteen years a navigator on the Great Lakes), John, Archie, Angus, Hugh, Sarah and Flora. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, came to Canada in 1848. He died in 1885, and the mother passed away a year later.

Dugald Buie obtained a little schooling at his birthplace, and came to Canada with his father, locating near Collingwood, on Georgian Bay. His first experience on the lakes was as a boy before the mast of the Canadian schooner Mary, of Port Dover, on which he remained one season. During the succeeding seasons until 1860 he rose to second mate, and in that year shipped out of Quebec before the mast in an ocean vessel engaged in the trade between that port and the West Indies. In 1862 he returned to the lakes, and after wheeling a trip in the propeller Sun went before the mast in the schooner San Jacinto for the remainder of the season. In 1863 he went on salt water again, shipping in the East India and South American trade. In 1867 Captain Buie went to Buffalo and shipped as second mate on the schooner J.V. Taylor for the season; for that of 1868 he was second mate on the propeller Sun; in 1869 of the Montgomery, and in 1870 of the Annie Young. In the latter year he was also second mate of the Orient, and about October 20 left Grand Haven, Mich., for Chicago; experiencing a gale of wind, they ran back for the port of Grand Haven, but they struck a bar outside of the pier and were wrecked, the vessel breaking in two fifteen minutes after striking the bar. In 1871 the Captain shipped as second mate of the Sun, and in 1872 of the Empire State. For the seasons of 1873-74-75-76 he was mate respectively of the Chicago, Plymouth, Mohawk and Colorado; for those of 1877 to 1880, inclusive, held the same berth on the Montana, and in 1881 became master of the Plymouth. For the next four seasons he was mate respectively of the Oneida, Vanderbilt and Syracuse, and in 1886 he commanded the Huron City. The following season he was mate of the Merker for a couple of trips, and from the spring of 1888 to the close of navigation in 1892 he commanded the steamer Buffalo, of the Western Transport- ation Company's line. During the succeeding seasons up to and including 1896 Captain Buie had charge of the steamer Boston, of the same line. In all his long experience on the lakes he never was in serious trouble but once, in 1890, when he put out of Milwaukee harbor with the Buffalo and grounded about one hundred and fifty feet from the pier, losing his shoe, rudder and wheel. The steamer drifted ashore in the wind and sea, and she was scuttled to keep her from pounding. In thirty-six hours she was pulled off and inside of the harbor unloading her cargo of general merchandise, and was later towed to Chicago and laid up, as it was the last trip in December.

Captain Buie was married, in 1872, at Buffalo, to Miss Catherine Grant, and they reside at No. 262 Grant Street, in that city.


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Volume I

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.