In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


George Coulson McMorris, C.D.


Commander, O-50476, RCN


Born: 1925, Edmonton, Alberta


Died: 11 Jan 2007, Mississauga, Ontario


Ships served in:

* Listed as a Cadet, RCN (Navy List Dec 1943)

RCN COLLEGE - Appointed to the RCN College 01 Sep 1943 as a Cadet, RCN (Navy List Feb 1944)

* Training with Royal Navy - Listed as training with the Royal Navy 14 Sep 1945 as a Midshipman, RCN (seniority 05 Jul 19145)  (Navy List Apr 1946).  Appointed A/SLt, RCN (seniority 05 Mar 1947) (Navy List Jun 1947)

HMCS ATHABASKAN - Appointed to ATHABASKAN 29 Nov 1948 as an A/SLt, RCN (Navy List Jan 1949).

HMCS CAYUGA - Appointed to Cayuga 15 Sep 1949 as a Lt, RCN (seniority 05 Feb 1949) (Navy List Jan 1950)

HMCS ANTIGONISH - Appointed to ANTIGONISH 20 Apr 1950 as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1950)

* Training with the Royal Navy as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Jan 1951)

HMCS NIOBE - Appointed to NIOBE 25 Sep 1950 for Submarine Training as a Lt, RCN (Navy List Jul 1954)

HMS/m ANCHORITE - 1951 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS/m SEASCOUT - 1952 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS/m SUBTLE - 1952 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS/m SCYTHIAN - 1953 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS DOLPHIN - 1953  (The Nauticapedia)

HMS/m AURIGA - 1954 (The Nauticapedia)

HMS/m SELENE - 1955-1956 (The Nauticapedia)

HMCS NADEN - Appointed to Naden 27 Nov 1956 as a LCdr (S/M), RCN (seniority 05 Feb 1957), Add'l for leave or disposal (Navy List Jul 1957)

HMCS FRASER - Appointed to Fraser 28 Jun 1957 as a LCdr, RCN, XO (Navy List Jan 1958).  Re-Appointed to Fraser 17 Dec 1958 as a LCdr, RCN (no longer XO) (Navy List Jan 1959)

* Completed Destroyer Command Examinations as a LCdr, RCN (Navy List Jul 1959)

NAVAL HEADQUARTERS OTTAWA - Appointed to NHQ Ottawa, Staff of Director of Naval Training 08 Sep 1959 as a LCdr, RCN  (Navy List Jan 1960).  Appointed to Staff of Chief of Naval Personnel (Navy List Jul 1960).  Appointed to Staff of Director of Naval Training Navy List Oct 1961)

HMCS NIAGARA - Appointed to Niagara 06 Aug 1962 as a LCdr, RCN, Training and Transient (Navy List Oct 1962)

HMCS GRILSE - Appointed to Grilse 03 Dec 1962 as a LCdr, RCN, CO (Navy List Oct 1963). 2nd Commanding Officer.  Served as CO 03 Dec 1962 - 27 Sep 1964 (Macpherson / Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

MARITIME COMMAND, PACIFIC COAST - Appointed to Maritime Command, Pacific Coast 28 Sep 1964 as a LCdr, RCN, Training and Transient (Navy List Oct 1964)

FLAG OFFICER PACIFIC COAST - Appointed to FOPC, Staff Officer Operations 18 Jan 1965 as a Cdr, RCN (seniority 01 Jan 1964)

HMCS KOOTENAY - 7th Commanding Officer.  Served in Kootenay as CO 01 Jul 1967 - Oct 1968 (Macpherson / Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 / Memoirs of Cdr Rutehrford, RCN)


Source: The Royal Canadian Naval College Log - 1945



RCN Submarine Commander - By The Canadian Press - Appointment of LT. Cmdr. George Coulson McMorris, 36. of Edmonton and Victoria as commander of the Royal Canadian Navy's submarine Grilse was announced Thursday by naval headquarters. He succeeds Lt.-Cmdr, Edmund G. Gieg of North Bay. Ont.. and Victoria who has commanded the Grilse since she was commissioned Into the RCN (Source: The Ottawa Journal 07 Dec 1962)



TO COMMAND SUB. - Lt. Cmdr. George Coulson McMorris, 36, of Edmonton and Victoria has been named to command the submarine Grilse. Lt. Cmdr. McMorris joined the Navy as a midshipman in July, 1945. He commanded the British Navy's submarine Selene from June, 1955 to August, 1956 while on exchange duty. (Source: The Calgary Herald 10 Dec 1962)



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