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P. J. Murer / Michael D. Misner
Thomas A. Payette / Progress
Wyatt M.

Steel diesel tug [C.179211] built by Russel Bros. at Owen Sound, Ontario, and launched as P. J. Murer 1948 – 19--; renamed b] Michael D. Misner 19-- - 1994; renamed c] Thomas A. Payette 1994 - 1996; d] Progress 1996 - 2007 e] Wyatt M. 2007- present. In commission. See clipping file for pics and Menier Consol clipping file for additional pics. Canadian List of Shipping 1956: P. J. Murer [C.179211] registered at Montreal; built at Owen Sound in 1948. 80'3 x 20' x 9'7; 123 g.t.; 61 n.t.; 800 hp. Owned by The Canadian International Paper Co., Ltd., Montreal.


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Assembly of P.J. Murer. Click to enlarge to 1024 pixels.
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Hull framing was completed on a special jig before the plates were fitted and welded inside and outside.
Fore and aft split was first, then athwartships. Overhead cranes greatly assisted this operation.
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Cast steel stern frame and keel remained completely welded.
Blocking and strapping the two 24 ton aft section to flatcars.
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Launching ways on the lake shore, ready for sliding sections.
Crew quarters and wheelhouse fitted out at Owen Sound.

 

Historical Collections of the Great Lakes Great Lakes Vessels Online Index
Photo source http://ul.bgsu.edu/cgi-bin/xvsl2.cgi Item 005103

 


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Michael D. Misner. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Thomas A. Payette in 1995.
Photo by Jimmy Sprunt, boatnerd.com.

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Progress in Hamilton, Dec. 9, 2001.
John McCreery (boatnerd.com).

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Progress at the Nadro dock in Port Dover, 2004. She is the former P.J. Murer/Thomas Payette. She is now under the McKeil banner.

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Progress model by Dale Rex, displayed at Owen Sound Tugfest 2007.

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SV notes on the varying paint colours: my photo of her in Nadro colours was probably taken in 2004. As for the other two photos, Progress was transferred from Nadro Marine to McKeil Workboats after McKeil bought controlling interest in Nadro. This is the blue and yellow paint scheme. However, in '05 McKeil had union troubles, and reorganized the company. This produced the orange and gray colour scheme.

Progress downbound the Welland Canal, Aug. 2005.
Photo by Mike Nicholls, boatnerd.com.

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Progress on the Detroit River. Aug. 2005.
Photo by Mike Nicholls, boatnerd.com.

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From Russel company brochure: STEELCRAFT TOWING.
Gerry Ouderkirk archive.

 

March 19th, 2006, Toronto. Towing Canadian Miner into Redpath Sugar slip.
From the Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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March 19th, 2006, Toronto. Towing Canadian Miner into Redpath Sugar slip.
From the Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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From McKiel.com April 2007. More McKeil Russels: Glenevis and Atomic.

Builder's Plate from the Progress (ex P.J. Murer).

 

Spring 2007: Name changed to Wyatt M. (O.N. 179211)
From the Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Spring 2007: Wyatt M. and Jarrett M.
From the Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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WYATT M. Dec. 14, 2007 with Heddle's floating drydock deliverin a large piece of
equipment to the new generating station in Toronto. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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WYATT M. Dec. 14, 2007 with Heddle's floating drydock deliverin a large piece of
equipment to the new generating station in Toronto. Gerry Ouderkirk Collection.

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Wyatt M (and James E. McGrath) docked at Hamilton, Dec. 26, 2007.
John McCreery (boatnerd.com).

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Wyatt M & Jarrett M wintering at Toronto, Jan. 23, 2008.
Gerry Ouderkirk (boatnerd.com).

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Wyatt M approaching the Burlington piers, Mar. 27, 2009.
John McCreery (boatnerd.com).

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Kent Simpson notes (April 24, 2017): The Wyatt M is still in the blue and white paint of McKeil's and is still stationed in Bay Roberts Newfoundland.

This is a picture from the day I left Newfoundland to bring the Jarrett M back to Hamilton. Wyatt M (ex P.J. Murer) alongside.

 

Photos from Shipspotting.com (downloaded May 2017)
http://www.shipspotting.com/ships/ship.php?imo=8974178

 

July 2003. Tug Progress in East-end Montreal at Montreal Boatman / McKeil base. Photo by Lanaud.
May 13, 2005. Off to assist Spar Ruby to her berth in Hamilton,ON. Photo by Matt Ruscher.
Dec. 28, 2005. Progress (Tug) On winter layup at Toronto. Photo by Jim Gallacher.
Jan. 25, 2006. At lay-up, Toronto. Photo by Vedran Mlacic.
Mar. 16, 2006. tugboat PROGRESS heading back to home base after helping CANADIAN OLYMPIC back up into port weller dry dock. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
June 16, 2006. McKeil Marine tug PROGRESS is shown while towing the barge WINDOC upbound in the Welland Canal, 3:53 p.m. 16 June 2006. PROGRESS was the lead tug on the tow, with SEAHOUND and VAC on the stern of the WINDOC acting as brakes. Photo by Jeff Thoreson.
June 16, 2006. McKeil’s tug Progress – pulling Windoc; upbound Welland Canal; departing lock 3 @ 1236 hrs. Photo by Vedran Mlacic.
June 16, 2006. tugboat PROGRESS is pulling the barge WINDOC out of lock 1. they`re heading upbund toward lock 2. they`re destination is wharf 17(old furnace dock) in port colborne. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
June 17, 2006. Progress working in Port Colborne harbour, at the top of the Welland canal. Photo by Paul Beesley.
June 28, 2006. Tug PROGRESS is shown while trailing the tow of the D.C. EVEREST upbound in the Welland Canal above Lock 2, 7:36 a.m. Photo by Jeff Thoreson.
June 28, 2006. Tug PROGRESS is shown while trailing the tow of the D.C. EVEREST upbound in the Welland Canal above Lock 2, 7:36 a.m. Photo by Jeff Thoreson.
June 28, 2006. A close-up of PROGRESS while upbound Welland Canal astern of D.C. EVERETT. She is about to enter lock 8 @ 1431 hrs on June 28, 2006. Photo by Vedran Mlacic.
June 28, 2006. Tugboat PROGRESS at the stern of D.C. EVEREST just as they exit lock 2. They're heading upbound toward lock 3. They're destination is wharf 55 in Port Colborne. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
Oct. 9, 2006. Progress & barge below Montreal, Quebec with the Amoy in background. Photo by Paul Beesley.
Sept. 21, 2006. McKeil's tug Progress in Sorel-Tracy. Photo by Mathieu Larochelle.
Mar. 20, 2007. WYATT M is downbound Welland Canal, approaching northwest wall of lock 3. She was employed in icebreaking activities on this first day of 2007 shipping season. Photo by Vedran Mlacic.
Apr. 8, 2007. Seen along side the COMEAUDOC after the scrap tow to Port Colborne. Apr 11/07. Photo by Jim Winsor.
Apr. 10, 2007. Wyatt M delivers the Caribou Isle from drydock in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Apr 11/07. Photo by Paul Beesley.
Apr. 19, 2008. Side view of tug WYATT M. She's getting ready to help CANADIAN TRANSPORT to back up in the dry dock. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
Apr. 19, 2008. A different view of tug WYATT M. She's pushing the stern of CANADIAN TRANSPORT so she can turn around & back up into the dry dock. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
Apr. 24, 2008. Bow view of tugboat WYATT M as she's moving in lock 3 in St. Catharines, ON. She's pulling the WINDOC for the 2nd time in almost 2 years. They're destination is wharf 52 by lock 1 in the Welland canal. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
Apr. 24, 2008. WYATT M - Photographed at Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada as she was beginning to tow the former WINDOC hull downbound through the Welland Canal. Photo by Jeff Cameron.
Apr. 24, 2008. Bow view of tugboat WYATT M as she's moving in lock 3 in St. Catharines, ON. She's pulling the WINDOC for the 2nd time in almost 2 years. They're destination is wharf 52 by lock 1 in the Welland canal. Photo by Michel Gosselin.
Aug. 10, 2010. The McKiel Marine tug Wyatt M holds a barge near the end of Habitat Park across from Montreal's Old Port August 11, 2010. She is assisting in the placement of a prototype hydro electric turbine in the St Lawrence river. Photo by Dennis J. Dubinsky.
Aug. 11, 2010. (L-R) The McKiel Marine tugs Jarrett M and Wyatt M hold a barge with a crane and prototype hydro electric turbine against a jack up barge in the St Marys current on the St Lawrence river. Photo by Dennis J. Dubinsky.
Aug. 18, 2010. The McKeil Marine tug helps hold Wyatt M hold a barge in place as a crane sets a prototype hydro electric turbine in the St Marys current on the St. Lawrence river. Photo by Dennis J. Dubinsky.
Dec. 8, 2010. Stop in Gaspé with Barge Jack-up 600. Photo by Michel Tremblay.
Dec. 8, 2010. Take shelter in Gaspé Harbour on the way Back to Sorel Base of Mckeil Marine. Photo by Michel Tremblay.
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