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 F. O. Burrows

Few names are connected more closely with the marine work of the lakes than that of Captain Burrows, who has been shipmaster and also engineer for many years, holding papers for either duty, and serving in either as the opportunity presented itself. He was born March 24, 1838, at Olmstead, Ohio, and is a son of Orlando and Abigail (Ames) Burrows, both natives of Massachusetts. Orlando Burrows spent the greater part of his life as a millwright, coming to Ohio in 1834, and dying in Cleveland in 1886. Captain Burrows is a member of a family of five children; the others being: O. B., E. C., Ellen Elizabeth (wife of H. Larkin), and Marie P. (unmarried), all of whom reside in Cleveland.

At his native place Captain Burrows lived but four years when his parents removed to Dover, and then, in 1853, moved to Cleveland, where he has since made his home. In 1856 he sailed out of Cleveland on the D. P. Rhodes, as fireman, and soon afterward served in the same capacity on the propeller Manhattan. He then came off the water for a period of three years and was employed by Orsemas Sherwood, who was engaged in pile driving and dock work in Cleveland. At this time he built the steamer Ella Burrows, and upon it acted as engineer, four years, operating in freight trade on Lake Erie, then going on the same as master, and running on Grand Traverse Bay in the passenger service. He later took the machinery out of this boat and made a barge of her, and put the machinery in a new boat called the H. C. Schnoor. On this he sailed twelve years and then sold her, after which he entered the employ of the Republic Iron Company. Upon the steamer Specular he spent two seasons as engineer and then came to the J. C. Lockwood in the same capacity one season, after which he came off the lakes and was employed as engineer of the Merchants Bank & Storage Company. On returning to the lakes, he was chief engineer of the steamer A. L. Hopkins for one season. In the employ of the Cleveland Athletic Club he acted as engineer for a short time, and remained two years as superintendent, and in 1896 resumed the marine occupation by going on the steamer Marquette as engineer.

On March 19, 1872, Captain Burrows was married to Miss Ella Rushmore, of Michigan. They have one child, Jay H., who is a dentist, and resides in Cleveland.


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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.