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100 Years of Dispro

This famous early Canadian power boat is generally known as the “Dippy “ or “Dispro” and was the brainchild of the late William J ‘Billy’ Johnston of Port Carling, Ontario, Canada.  Mr. Johnston started working for his pioneer Muskoka boatbuilding uncle, William Johnston Sr. around 1900 and together they built many fine boats in the Muskoka area.

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A View from the Sky

We are thrilled to share a short video which has been provided to the Dispro Owners Association by Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corp.  The video showcases some footage in which you will see several Dippies surrounding the RMS Segwun and Wenonah II.

Boat Builders of Muskoka

Segwun honours some of the Boat Builders of Muskoka in a recent article featured on their website. The Disappearing Propeller Boat Company was featured as one of the builders noted in the article.  Read the article by clicking on the link below.

The Greatest Little Motor Boat Afloat

Woody Boater is a state of mind, a place to enjoy Classic boating when you are not out on your boat, or if you just want to enjoy the world that surrounds these fun Classic water craft.  Recently, Woody Boater published an article on the Greatest Little Motor Boat Afloat….The Dippy!  

100 Mile Cruise

We had the wonderful experience of following the trail of the RMS Segwun of Muskoka.  The Segwun left Gravenhurst in the morning from Lake Muskoka, traveled through the Port Carling locks to Lake Rosseau then through the Port Sandfield locks into Lake Joseph.

Enjoy a video by Susan McGarrell of our journey during our 100 Mile Cruise.

Peter Breen – Dippies-Disappearing Propeller Boat

Peter Breen presents an outstanding history lesson regarding this fantastic boat. The boat was built to take cottage owners through the shallow waters surrounding their island cottages. Breen explains how the propeller was pulled up into the hull to miss the rocks of shallow waters. The best part of this video is Peter’s explanation of the early 20th century engine, how it was started, ran and was operated. He also explains how the engine, although crude, was widely used in the early 1900’s. Peter is excellent as a wooden boat historian and this segment proves that fact. The boat is in Peter’s shop for restoration.

Following Peter’s presentation is a segment shot at Mt. Dora, Florida showing a Disappearing Propeller Boat in action. The owner is a retired airline pilot, Bill Joslyn, who enjoys leading a small group of Dippies through the shallow waters of the Florida “jungles.