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)
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