Biography of Captain George O. Baker
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Baker, Capt. George Orlando, son of Michael and Jane E. (Dixon) Baker, was born at Bakerville, Bristol county, Mass., April 6, 1835. When a mere boy he went to sea as a cabin boy and advanced from time to time until he became mate and then master of a vessel. Capt. Baker has followed the sea all his life; he has seen many hard experiences and has several times narrowly escaped death. He is a member of the old school of sailor captains who are rapidly becoming a mere memory. In 1884, while whaling in the North Pacific, his ship was captured by the rebel privateer, "Shenandoah," burned, and he with the rest of the crew were put in irons and carried to an island in the Pacific where they were kept prisoners for six mnnths, being finally rescued by a United States boat. In 1890, after an active life in which he sailed on all the waters of the globe, he retired and took up his residence in South Dartmouth. Captain Baker has been a member for a number of years of Eureka Lodge, F. & A. M., of New Bedford. He is a trustee of the village library and has been registrar of voters for the past five years. In August, 1876, he married Mary B., daughter of John C. and Rebecca H. (Smith) Weeks, and they have two daughters: Jane R. and Alice T.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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