A lady at Key Harbour tells the story of two fishermen in a John Bull who spied a bear swimming between islands in Georgian Bay, near the mouth of the Pickerel River. One of the men, who had a camera, kept urging the other, who was operating the boat, to get closer and closer to the bear so that it could be photographed at close range. As the Dippy drew up alongside the bear, the animal proceeded to climb into the boat and the astonished fishermen were obliged to jump overboard.
The John Bull continued merrily on its way with the bear at the helm.
...compiled by Paul Dodington