|CAPTAIN DUDLEY A. BRAND, of
New London, an experienced navigator, especially skilled in yachting,
was born in Westerly, R. I, January 12, 1853, son of Captain Dudley and
Catherine (Champlin-Burdick) Brand. His paternal grandfather married a
Miss Green, who died when their only son, Dudley, born in Westerly in 1808,
was a child. The boy was brought up by his maternal grandfather, and became
a successful ship-master in the carrying trade between the West Indies
and the Strait of Belle Isle. He commanded the brig "Buffalo," and was
lost off Squirrel Island while attempting to put ashore in a small boat.
Captain Dudley Brand married first, in 1836,
Evelyn Bailey. She was drowned off the coast of Long Island from the "Catherine
F. Hale'" in 1847, her husband, the Captain, the mate, and one sailor being
saved. He married second, March 30, 1851, Catherine, daughter of John A.
Champlin, and the widow of William Burdick, who was drowned in the prime
of life, leaving but one son. Mr. Champlin's wife, the mother of Catherine,
was a Greene. Captain Dudley and Mrs. Catherine Brand had three sons and
one daughter, namely: Dudley A., the yacht commander, a further account
of whom is given below; John H., who is in Montana; Lyman, a marine engineer
in Boston; and Hattie, who died at the age of eighteen. The father's death
occurred at the age of eighty-four years. He had been captain and part
owner of different vessels.
At the age of twelve years Dudley A. Brand
was brought to New London, where he received a common-school education;
and at eighteen he went to sea, shipping as a sailor before the mast on
the coasting schooner "Daniel T. Willets," under Captain Stapelin. In 1872
he made his last voyage as a seaman, and in his twenty-second year sailed
as mate of the "H. R. King," Captain Bliven. Since that time he has commanded
many different vessels. In 1882 he took charge of the yacht "Alice," owned
by Mr. Thomas G. Appleton, brother-in-law of the poet Longfellow. He sailed
this craft for four years, leaving her to take command of the steam yacht
"Wanda," owned by Woodward & Stillman, of New York City. This position
was held by Captain Brand for ten years. In 1894-95 the Captain took an
extended trip in charge of the "Margarita," owned by A. J. Drexel, of Philadelphia,
sailing from New London on September 22, reaching Southampton, England,
in eleven days and five hours. During the year they touched at Gibraltar,
Tangiers, Barcelona, Marseilles, Algiers, Toulon, Nice, Mentone, Ajaccio,
Cividivitch, then went inland to Rome, thence to Naples, through the Strait
of Messina to Brindisi, thence to Corfu, through the Gulf of Corinth and
Corinth Canal to Athens, from there to Alexandria, and inland to Cairo,
from Port Said to Joppa, Jerusalem, and Beirut. Returning from Beirut,
they went through the Adriatic Sea to Venice, thence to Genoa and Marseilles,
thence to Leith, Scotland; from there they went to the opening of Kiel
Canal, and then they sailed to Copenhagen, to Stockholm, and St. Petersburg.
They returned via Kiel Canal to Southampton, England, and, taking in coal
and stores at the Isle of Wight, made a safe voyage back to Philadelphia.
The boat has been renamed the "Narada" since it became the property of
Mr. Harry Walters, of Baltimore; and Captain Brand will again take her
to Europe, starting about January I, 1898, going also to China and Japan.
He was married on January 15, 1877, to Lottie
E. Brown, of this county, daughter of Lyman and Mary Ann (Jones) Brown.
Her father was one of the first Deacons of the First Baptist Church in
Brooklyn, N.Y. The eldest-born of Captain and Mrs. Brand is Mary Catherine,
eighteen years of age, now studying in the Williams Memorial, belonging
to the class of 1898. Their second child was a boy, and died in infancy.
The youngest is Harold Brand, now about eleven years old. Captain Brand
is the owner of a handsome house on Ocean Avenue, which he purchased in
1876. As a Mason he is a member of Brainard Lodge, No. 102, F. & A.
M.; Union Chapter, R. A. M.; Gushing Council, R. S. M.; and Palestine Commandery,
K. T. In politics he is Republican.
Biographical Review Volume
Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens
New London County Connecticut
Biographical Review Publishing Company
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