Hugh MacLennan, who for many years was a mechanic in the Port Carling Boat Works, recalls seeing a vintage Dippy piloted by two rather ancient white-haired ladies, heading at a snail's pace for the town dock one calm summer's day. In fact, the boat moved so slowly that the last quarter mile took almost two hours. When they finally arrived, the ladies said to Hugh: " We think there must be something wrong with the boat. It seems to be rather slower than usual."
Upon inspection, Hugh discovered that the universal joint had broken, and the propeller and shaft were dangling straight down from the skeg.
"The only reason the boat moved at all," he maintains, "Is that the engine exhaust was puffing against the water!"
...compiled by Paul Dodington