O Scale (1:48) Baby Alligator Warping Tug "Alice"
The Baby Alligator proved popular with operations not requiring the capability of the standard size warping tugs. The wheel house was just large enough for the captain and with no above deck sleeping arrangements or cooking facilities. These smaller wood or coal fired tugs were an upgrade from an earlier paddlewheel design, and were built by West & Peachey (Simcoe, Ontario) from 1919 till 1923 for various wood and lumber companies in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.
These tugs were fully amphibious work vessels. They were fitted with two large oak hull skids and would portage themselves overland using their own steam powered winch and cable. This craftsman kit builds three different tugs: No.176 Captain Jack, owned by the St. Regis Paper Company of Montreal which operated out of Oscalaneo, Quebec; No.180 Alice, owned by Austin & Nicholson, Chapleau, Ontario which operated initially out of Dalton, Ontario; and No.181 Booster, owned by Hope Lumber Company Limited, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario which operated initially out of Ruel, Ontario.
Instructions are full color and provided on a CD-ROM.
Length: 9.5 inches (24 cm)
Width: 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm)
Height: 3 1/8 inches (8 cm)
This kit is part of a fund raising project to support the W.D. Stalker, the last remaining operational West & Peachey Alligator Warping Tug. A major portion of the sales go to support the operations of this very important vessel. For additional information (including videos and photos) on the West & Peachey Tugs, please visit the Ontario Visual Heritage Project at http://www.visualheritage.ca/norfolk/alligator.php.
Baby Alligator Warping Tug "Alice"
Kit O-104 $89.95