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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John Butterworth

John Butterworth, chief engineer of the Chicago Northwestern Railroad power house in Chicago, is a native of England, having been born in Lancashire in 1852, a son of James and Ann (Holt) Butterworth, also natives of England, where they passed their entire lives, and are now deceased.

John Butterworth received his education in the schools of his native place, and at the age of eighteen years emigrated to this country, landing at New York, thence proceeding to Scranton, Penn., where he worked in the railroad shops for a time. From Scranton he removed to Buffalo, and from this city commenced sailing, and after two seasons' lake experience at Buffalo, he came to Chicago in 1872 and went as fireman on the Rocket, Captain Gaynor, engaged in the grain and general merchandise trade, and touching all lake ports. After a couple seasons on her he went on the Garnet in the same capacity, out from Buffalo, and was on her for some time, and then entered the machine shops in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked for a time, after which he took a position with the Bridge Works, located in the same city, as machinist. Leaving these works he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, and found employment in Hall's Safe Lock Works, remaining there until his permanent removal to Chicago in 1882. In that city he became engineer for the Norton Milling Company, after which he was in the employ of Frazer & Chalmers, also of Chicago, with whom he remained until 1891, when he accepted his present position with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Co., prior to which he was employed for a time in Murray's coal yards of Chicago.

Mr. Butterworth returned to England and married Miss Josie Stanford, of that country. On the return voyage to America the vessel on which they had taken passage, the Oregon, was wrecked twenty-one miles off Fire Island, but Mr. and Mrs. Butterworth arrived safely at their Chicago home. Three children have been born to them: Helen M., Charles Edward and Robert Holt.

While sailing the lakes our subject was a member of the M.E.B.A., and at the present time is a member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and Engine Builders.


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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.