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Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Alert [C.193614] registered at Ottawa; built at Owen Sound in 1951. 35’ 1 x 10’ x 4’ 3; 11 g.t.; 7 n.t.; 165 hp. Owned by The Upper Ottawa Improvement Co., Ottawa. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Alert [C.193614] registered at Ottawa. Built at Owen Sound in 1951. 35’; 11 g.t. Also carried in Canadian List of Shipping 1994. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, Ont. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by ICO Inc., Portage Du Fort, Québec. RBF Notes: Listed 2003 as owned by Logs End Inc., Bristol Mines, QC. With plans to restore and use Alert as tour boat. RBF 2004 update: Hull 917. Owner says Alert is for sale (Bristol, QC Aug 20, 2004)

Alert & Kayvee, c. 1997 while owned by Logs End, Inc.
Communique from Logs End, Feb. 14th, 2007: The Kayvee was sold last summer, (NB - Kayvee was sold to and refurbished by Terry Scott in 2006. She's now in the water again at Ahmerstburg, Ont.) the Alert is still located at the Logs End Inc mill, in Bristol Mines, Québec. We're a company that pulls logs from the bottom of the Ottawa River that sank during river drives. The logs are then turned into flooring. From the page: http://www.logsend.com/boats.php In 1885, the ICO (Upper Ottawa Valley Improvement Company) was formed to sort and deliver logs, cut in the upper Ottawa Valley, to their owners' mills further downstream. With the last log drive taking place on the Ottawa River in early 1990, the ICO fleet was retired from service and sent to dry dock. In 1997, Logs End purchased five of the old boats, with the intention of restoring them to their original working condition, and sending them out yet again, to salvage logs that their forbearers had lost during log drives....The Kay Vee and the Alert have been relocated from Chenaux, Ontario to Bristol Mines, where their restoration is underway. Once fully refitted, it is out intent to use these two boats for guided tours of the Ottawa River waterways.

 

RBF notes: Alert up for sale. Aug. 20th 2004.

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Alert (left) and Kayvee (right) - Bristol Mines QC, Apr. 6th, 2004.

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2006 Bristol Mines QC, Scotty McGillicutty Photo

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