Alligator on the Ottawa River makes a crossing

 A replica Alligator tugboat slowly made its way across the Ottawa River last Wednesday from Braeside, Ont. to the home of Peter and Barbara Haughton in Bristol. Alligator boats were used by the logging industry in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Caleb Nickerson
BRISTOL Sept. 13, 2017
If you were cruising the Ottawa River last Wednesday evening you might have sworn you had travelled back in time. An old steam-powered vessel, with its paddle wheel chugging away, made the trek from the far side of the river to a safe harbour in Bristol, at the home of Peter and Barbara Haughton.
The boat is a replica of a specific type of tugboat that was used in the log drives of the late 19th and early 20th century. They were called Alligators because they featured a large winch with which they could pull themselves both along the river and across land.

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