Captain Angus G. Morrison
Captain Angus G. Morrison, of the life-saving station at South Chicago, is a typical lake man, and by the application and experience of the best part of his life devoted to lake interests, and especially to the important department of life saving, he has justly won the recognition which he now holds as captain of the station at a port so prominent as that of South Chicago. For sixteen years Captain Morrison has been engaged in the life-saving work. He began as a surfman and has climbed steadily upward.
Captain Morrison was born on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland, in 1856, the son of Malcolm and Christina (Graham) Morrison. In the old country Malcolm Morrison was a fisherman. He emigrated to Canada with his family in 1863, when Angus was a boy of seven years, and settled near the town of Goderich, on Lake Huron, there residing until his death. His widow, the mother of our subject, still resides at Goderich, Ontario.
Young Angus probably inherited the sea-going instincts of his father, for instead of farming he turned his attention, when but a boy, to the lakes. He engaged in fishing, and for a time was located at Marquette, Mich., where he still followed the business of fishing; his experiences in that work also extended to Lakes Huron and Michigan.
In 1882 he entered the life-saving service as a surfman at the St. Joseph, Mich., station, and has been a member of the department continuously since. After three years at St. Joseph he was transferred to the station at Holland, Mich. While serving there he was appointed captain of the station at Big Pine Sauble, Mich., and from that station he was transferred to South Chicago in 1896, this station being established in 1890. Its first captain was Edward Dionne, who remained in charge until succeeded by our subject in March, 1896. The crew consists of eight men, and the station, like the harbor, is one of the most important on the chain of lakes.
Captain Morrison was married in Canada, in 1896, to Miss Sarah Bell, a native of Scotland, who came to Canada when a child. To this union have been born two children: Jessie C. and Ruth A. Captain Morrison is well-known to vesselmen, and by his courtesy and strict attention to duty he has won the admiration and esteem of all who know him. During his career in the service he has assisted in saving many lives. In religious faith the family are Presbyterians.
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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.