From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 954

CAPT. BERNARD BLACKMER, Proprietor of the steamer Bay State; he was born in September 1850, in the "Old Bay State;" learned the trade of carpenter and joiner in Massachusetts before coming West, he built several small boats for river service; came to Madison in November 1874; in 1876, he built the Bay State - modeled and constructed it himself, and since its launch, in June 1878, he has managed it on every trip across Lake Monona; during the boating season he boards at the Germania, East Madison; he belongs to no secret societies, but devotes himself wholly to the interests of the "Bay State."

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