[The] Alice M. – Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel ferry The Alice M. [C.188762] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1957. 50’; 40 g.t. Renamed b] Cassiopeia IV. Canadian List of Ships 1997: Cassiopeia IV [C.188762] registered at Toronto. Built at Owen Sound in 1957. Rebuilt in 1961. 15m; 40 g.t. Owned by The Minister of Transportation, Toronto, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by The Minister of Transportation, Toronto, Ontario. Transport Canada List 2002: Built by Russel-Hipwell Engine Co., Owen Sound, Ont. Transport Canada List 2003: Owned by The Minister of Transport, Downsview, Ontario.
GAO notes: The Russel built ferry CASSIOPEIA IV courtesy of the Ministry of Transportation - photo credit to Tony Roldan 2003.
CASSIOPEIA IV was launched as THE ALICE M. and was still listed as such in the 1970 Canadian List of Ships. Some additional research will have to be done to find out what year the name was changed. Judging by the registration date 1963-04-18 at Toronto would likely be when it was acquired by the Ministry of Transportation.
This vessel operates 32km north of Cochrane, Ontario on Highway 579. The ferry service operates approximately 9 months of the year across the Abitibi River. It is replaced by an ice bridge during winter freeze up. Average crossing for the past year consisted of 10,850 vehicles. The service is free.