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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E. D. Butler

E.D. Butler, of Cleveland, who is at present chief engineer on the Oregon, was born October 19, 1864, in Mishawaka, Ind., in early childhood removing with the family to Willoughby, Ohio, where they lived for some years, later taking up residence in Kalamazoo, Mich. The father, R.O. Butler, was a native of Perry, Ohio, and previous to his marriage was engaged for some time on the lakes as ship-carpenter, but the greater part of his life was passed on shore. His death occurred in 1878.

E.D. Butler attended school at Kalamazoo, where he also served seven years at the machinist's trade in the shops of Lawrence & Chapin. After one year's employment in the shops of the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, Cal., he located in Ostego[sic], Mich., and there worked in a tool shop until 1887, when he went upon the lakes as fireman of the F.& P.M. No. 1. For a time he served in the same capacity on the George M. Brady, and after serving a season on the Northern King, as oiler, he was employed on the Chemung, as oiler and fireman. During the winter of the same year Mr. Butler was third engineer on the Teutonic, running between New York and Liverpool, and returning to the lakes in the spring, he became assistant engineer on the James Fisk, Jr.; he has since been engineer on the R.E. Schuck and the Oregon. His brother, R.O. Butler, was second engineer on the Oregon during the season of 1896.

On April 1, 1885, Mr. Butler married Miss Ida M. Rose, of Otsego, Mich., who died May 14, 1893, leaving one child, Bessie E. Mr. Butler holds membership with the Masonic order and the Marine Engineers Beneficial Association No. 3, of Detroit.


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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.