Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alligators of the North

The book "Alligators of the North" is now available.
The Canadian Forestry Association is proud to promote this long-overdo book on the Alligator Steam Warping Tug Boat. Built in Simcoe, Ontario from 1889 through to the 1930s, the Alligator was a common sight in forest operations on rivers and lakes across eastern Canada and the USA up until the 1950s. The Alligator was a sturdy scow equipped with a winch and mile-long cable to tow massive booms of logs and even haul itself overland - hence the name "Alligator".
The front cover of this handsome 9"x9" book is graced with a Tom Thomson painting of a derelict alligator as found in Algonquin Park. It features over 80 images and drawings and a full index of companies, outstanding individuals and place names from Minnesota, across the Canadian shield to Maine! This book will be the one and only publication covering this topic in a lifetime.
If you enjoy Canadian northwoods nostalgia, forest or riverdrive lore and even mechanical innovation, this is a milestone book for your library. There are colourful references to Simcoe, Port Dover, Pembroke, Arnprior and other points in the Ottawa Valley watershed, Algonquin Park, the Trent-Severn System, Georgian Bay, Rainy River, Lake of the Woods, Lake Temiskaming and Lac St. Jean, La Mauricie in Quebec and places in Manitoba, Newfoundland, Minnesota and Maine, to name some.

"Alligators of the North" retails in participating book stores at $34.99 plus GST. If your book store doesn't stock it presently, ask them to order it for you. Or you can visit the publisher's web site at

If you're having trouble to obtain this book, you can email me or call me. I'll be glad to help.
Dave Lemkay - Ottawa Valley 613-649-2616

1 comment:

  1. Good evening Dave,
    I only stumbled across your site as a result of a John Macfie column in today's (Wed Apr 16, 2014) "Parry Sound North Star" on the alligator "Mollie". She was owned by my Grandfather Alfred "Alf" Paget.
    A previous column is here:
    If you need it here's his e-mail. This will be one John's last columns as he slowly retires from writing a column (at some 89 years young). jmacfie@cogeco,ca
    Garry Paget