"Christmas around the World"
Christmas traditions from other lands, with decorated trees, crafts and Yuletide customs brought to Canada.
Plus an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas in the old 1840's Mulkins home, with home-made decorations on the tree, swags of evergreens, candles, chins dolls, wooden horses and Christmas baking.
Steam Powered Amphibious Warping Tug
A Unique Part of Canada's Logging Heritage
In the Lynn River
near Argyle Street
Timber around the waterways of Southern Ontario had become scarce in the 1870's. Valuable timber stood farther up the rivers and lakes, but to get to it, one faced very harsh obstacles.
The West & Peachey Company of Simcoe solved the problem with one of the greatest inventions in the annals of logging history. They invented the Alligator, an amphibious warping tug. Fitted with side mounted paddle wheels, powered by a 20 horsepower steam engine and provided with a cable winch, it could pull itself over land, around portages and up as much as a 20 degree incline at the rate of 1 to 2 1/2 miles per day. And it could haul a boom of some 60,000 logs across water against all but the strongest winds.
Over 230 Alligators, all manufactured in Simcoe, saw duty in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, United States and Colombia, South America.
In 1991 the Norfolk Historical Society launched a hunt to find an abandoned Alligator that that could be returned to Simcoe and restored. One was found on the beach of Clearwater West Lake in Northern Ontario. The hull was brought to Simcoe, and with the help of generous financial contributions from service clubs and private donations, as well as many hours of volunteer work, it is now restored and on view in the Lynn River, Simcoe.
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This page last updated December 6, 2022