Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
| The Rod Morrison Collection
Rod's been around tugs all his life. He was
employed by McQueen Marine for about 10 years and worked on all the
tugs. Ended up as engineer on the Atomic before coming to Kingston as
an engineer on the Wolfe Islander 111. I was also on the P J Murer one
winter when MTO had her chartered to break ice.
Rod's dad Angus J. Morrison and brother Cliff Morrison were captains of the Atomic. The photos from top to bottom were taken by:
Cliff Morrison (my brother). He is a tug captain who sailed the Atomic
and also the tug Amherstburg for McQueen Marine...
Burt Johnson (deceased). He was a Windsor Star photographer and he
worked at McQueen Marine. He would have taken all or most of the early
publiciy pictures that were taken in the 40's and 50's of the Atomic...
Herb Miller (my late stepfather) taken in the Thames River while
Les Hudson ?? mechanic at McQueen's...
unknown taken by a friend of the family and sent to my mother in 1948...
Bill Hoey (I think) owner of Gaelic Tugboat Co....
The photo in the wheelhouse was probably taken by B. Johnson as well.
Most or all of the early photos in the ice were taken by him. He would
get out on the ice and lay down and take the pictures.
Captains Mantell, Becker & Morrison
in the Atomic wheelhouse. RM notes "This is a picture of my dad (Angus J. Morrison) taken in the wheelhouse of the Atomic in 1956, I think. They were towing the Greater Detroit and Eastern States out into Lake St Clair to burn. My dad is the one not in uniform. Frank Becker owned Becker Towing in Detroit and Capt. Mantel had been the Captain of the Greater Detroit. "
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Atomic and Patricia McQueen in
Southbaymouth in 1948. The P.McQ had been aground and almost lost on
Scotchy shoal at SBM and the Atomic towed her back to Amherstburg for
repairs. My dad had been captain on the Patsy and we lived in SBM. We
moved to Amherstburg aboard the tugs at that time. I was 14 months old.
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|Hull 980 1952?|
South Baymouth, ON, Aug. 26th, 2005. Possibly Cottus.
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