Alexander Morison, marine engineer of Detroit, Mich., left his native place, the parish of Abercorn, in Scotland, in 1856, and came to the United States, settling in Detroit. There he learned the machinist's trade, and shortly after serving out his time went to New York, working in machine shops there until 1866, when he returned to Detroit and entered the employ of J. L. Hurd & Co., as a marine engineer. He was with that firm four years, acting as chief on the steamers Phil Sheridan and Annie Young, after which he accepted an engineer's position with the Pridgeon line, with which he was connected two years, being employed on the City of Fremont. On leaving her he went into Hodge's shop, where he was engaged a couple of years more, and in 1873 he accepted the position of engineer on the St. Paul for Eber Ward, remaining in her engine room two seasons. During the year 1875 he went back to Hodge's shop; in 1876 he was in the John Owen and Livingston; in 1877 he was in the engine room of the Alcona, and transferred thence to the tug Champion, on which he held chief engineer's berth continuously to the close of 1882. The next season he ran the engines of the Hackett, and then for two seasons was in the Minneapolis for Captain Peck, later putting in one season on the J. H. Prentiss. During the seasons of 1887 and 1888 he had charge of the engine room of the Lansing, and in 1889 he accepted the position of chief engineer of the Livingston, which he has retained up to the present time.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.