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 T. Byers

James T. Byers, son of Capt. R. L. and Nellie (Hines) Byers, was born in Buffalo N.Y., September 14, 1864. He attended the Buffalo schools until he was fifteen years of age, and in 1880 west to learn the machinist's trade in Mr. Tift's shops.

In 1882 he shipped as assistant engineer on the steamyacht General Wetzel, on the Sault Ste. Marie river, in the employ of J. Heckler, who had a contract to dig a new channel into the Neebish; he remained on this yacht five months. In the spring of 1883 he shipped as oiler on the steamer Nyack for the season; in 1884-85 he sailed on the Dean Richmond and Russia, respectively, in the same capacity, remaining a season on each boat; in the spring of 1886 he again shipped on the steamer Russia, this time as second engineer, holding the berth three years. In September, 1888, he went with Captain Henry Murphy on the Grand Traverse as chief engineer, continuing in that position for two years. In September, 1890, he entered the employ of the Hand & Johnson's Tug line, in Buffalo, and was appointed chief engineer of the tug R. H. Hebard with the night crew. In 1891 he went as chief of the tug Danforth, and the following season he was returned to the Hebard, in which he remained two seasons. In 1893 he again took the Danforth, holding this berth two years. During the winter of 1896-97, he engineered the winter boat with Capt. Patrick Linn as master, and in the season of 1807-98 was engineer on the Grace Danforth. Mr. Byers inherited his father's interest in the Hand & Johnson's Tug line, which has been increased somewhat by good management and better business, and during the years of his service with the line he has given universal satisfaction. He has eleven issues of license.

In 1890 Mr. Byers was married to Miss Nellie G. Sullivan of Buffalo, and two children have been born to them, Irene F. and James Irving.


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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.