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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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