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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James V. Burke

James V. Burke, a leading and representative business man of Chicago, was a marine engineer for a number of years, but is now successfully engaged in a business at No. 51 South Canal street, as a dealer in machinery and supplies, and also as a manufacturer of Burke's smokeless furnace, Burke's shaking grates and oil filters. Although the business is comparatively new he has already built up an excellent trade. Mr. Burke was born in Grand Haven, Mich., in 1854, a son of John and Catharine (Furlong) Burke, natives of Ireland. During early life the father was a sailor on salt water, and after coming to the New World located at Grand Haven, Mich., and engaged in sailing on the lakes, principally from Chicago to Michigan ports. He owned two vessels, the Ithaca and the Illinois, both engaged in the lumber trade. He was one of the well-known and prominent lake men for several years. His death occurred in Chicago, in 1893, and his wife died in the same city in 1890.

Coming with his parents to Chicago in early life James V. Burke was reared and educated in that city, and there learned engineering, and also the machinist's trade, on Canal street. In 1873 he commenced sailing from that port as engineer on the New Era, and for seven years was engineer on the Gen. Payne, which belonged to the Michigan Barge Company, and was engaged in towing lumber barges from Chicago to all Michigan ports. One year he spent on the Chicago river as engineer of the tug Constitution; the following two years was chief engineer of the city of Rome; and for the same length of time was engineer of the Roanoke, which was engaged in carrying general merchandise and grain to Ogdensburg, N. Y. Quitting the lakes in 1886, he was chief engineer of the city hall for two winters, and then had charge of the Michael Reese hospital one winter. His next position was as chief engineer of the Charles Counselman building at the corner of Jackson boulevard and LaSalle street, where he remained eighteen months, and on the completion of the Home Insurance building, was appointed chief engineer of it, holding that position for six years. He then began the manufacture of the Burke smokeless furnace, which patented in 1891, and he since successfully engaged in business along his present line.

Mr. Burke is one of the leading and influential members of the M. E. B. A., No. 4, of which he was president in 1890; and he also belongs to the Stationary Engineers Association, No. 1; the Engineers Club; the Royal Arcanum, of which he is vice-regent; and the Independent Order of Foresters, of which he has been presiding officer. In 1891, in Chicago, he was married to Miss Catharine Miller, and to them have been born three children: Vincent, Frances and Mary Margaret.


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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.