His company got into financial trouble
and the boat was put into storage for years, with Jeff Campbell, a Callander car
and boat restoration hobbyist. He did some work on it and intended to launch it
at some point in the future. Dutch Shultz expressed an interest in the boat as a
part of his tourist business.Campbell sold the boat to Dutch. Dutch tried the
boat in the water a couple of times pending the official launch on Oct18,2002.
As the word got out about the boat the Shultz family began to hear stories about
the boats history and the Smith family, adding to the adventure.
John B. Smith, a Scotsman, came to
Canada in the 1850s and started a lumber business that became highly successful
and, remarkably stayed in the family until the 1960s. John B. Smith came to
Canada with two friends, Robert Christie who went on to form the Christie Bread
company, and Robert Jaffray who was president of the Toronto Globe from
1882-1915 and became a senator. John B. Smith’s second of three marriages was
to a Jaffrey daughter. He had a total of 12 children.
The Jaffray and Christie names have come
down through the generations as first names. One of the last longstanding Smiths
who lived in Callander and managed the local operation was Christie Smith
(1902-1989) who had two sons, Christie and Jaffray. Christie and Jaffray and a
cousin Doug Smith were invited to a launch that was aborted two weeks earlier
due to weather, but Jaffray could not be contacted. He and his family were
eventually contacted and an informative and pleasurable reunion took place
around the boat.
Jaffray knew the smallest detail of the
boat’s structure and history and suggested that a Smith family reunion centred
around the Jingo might be in order. Among the local people with stories about
the Jingo was Yvette Boyce, who cooked for the Smiths at their cottage and on
the Jingo for a decade, and had fond memories of those days. The late Captain
“Mac” Mason, who captained the Smith company’s Seagull and the alligator the
Woodchuck, took his family on the boat regularly. Masons wife Evelyn and
children Linda and Heather have many wonderful memories of those days. Both
Yvette and the Masons were on hand for the launch and were part of the first
Elizabeth Hughes sister of Harry Hughes
who helped in the major restoration of the Jingo in 1973 noticed the stored
Jingo when in Callander in the summer of 2012. When she later checked on it she
found the owner wasn’t interested in the boat. Elizabeth and Callanders
contacted Scott Dunsmoor of the Antique and Classic Boat Society – Toronto
Chapter. Dunsmoor was familiar with Ditchburns and Scott contacted Malcolm
Black President of the Kids and Classic Boatshop Museum for help. His
organization works with youth-at-risk kids restoring boats. Malcolm and friends
were interested in the Jingo and soon had it on its way to their shop in Toronto
The restoration of the hull was bigger than they could handle and it will be
done professionally. The kids will do detail work on the deck and cabin etc.
Funds are being sought to help with the project. Contact Malcolm Black at
905-873-0141 or by email at
email@example.com to help. Locals looking forward to a possible local
visit of the boat here in the future for all to see.