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The Russel boats, "Blue Quail" and the "Portland Prowler" were tied together and anchored in a little bay just east of River Rat Marine. The larger Blue Quail was on the left. Apparently these boats were built in Owen Sound.
Two of these boats were featured on the back of the Canadian one dollar bill. About 3.4 billion one-dollar bills were printed between June 3, 1974 and June 30, 1989, when the paper dollar was discontinued. These two little tugboats would probably have passed into oblivion and been sent to the scrapyard like so many others, had it not become the illustration on the back of the Canadian one-dollar bill. In 1963, celebrated Ottawa photographer Malak (Malak Karsh, younger brother of Yousuf) took a picture of the Ancaster and the Missinaibi in their natural element: navigating the log-filled Ottawa River against the background of the Parliament Buildings. A log boom had broken upstream and the two tugs were cleaning up the spill.
September 17th, 2015
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