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Back from the northwoods with no muskellunge and no sightings of moose or bear, but I learned that one alligator can move up to 60,000 logs up there. Think I’ve lost my mind somewhere in the forest where I drank straight from the lake and heard loons, coyotes and wolves sing in harmony?
William M (ex-Max, 1905) is an alligator tug, aka warping tug. It could crawl on its belly along portages if needed. Note: the wood was replaced in 1971 and 1990.
Extra stairs here are added for visitors. In water William M‘s 20 hp could move vessel and tow at 5 knots; on land, it could
Here’s a view from the stern looking forward. Notice the geared rod to the left. It could level the boiler in overland crawls up to a 20-degree incline or decline.
West & Peachey of Simcoe, ON built this one for less than $3000 1905 dollars. The machinery in this tug is all original (1 of 3 survivors). West & Peachey built 200 such tugs for Canadian, US, and South American concerns between 1889 and 1934.
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More fotos from the gallivant in the next few days. If you know more about alligator tugs, I’d love to hear from you.
All fotos here by Will Van Dorp.
Note: These fotos were taken about 550 miles north of the sixth boro. In the wilds of Opeongo Lake are the steel remains of another alligator, the holy grail of my next trip up there. Here’s info on those remains.