Winter of 1960 …

It was a cold 10 degrees Fahrenheit day on January 8, 1960. On that day, a little bit of scattered ice could be seen in the Northumberland Strait for first time that year. A slight mist of rain and snow fell two days later and the Strait was then white with ice. First snowstorm of...

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Mom was good luck on Dad’s fishing boat Big M …

When looking back to the years living on Pictou Island, I think of the changes that occurred within the inshore fisheries. From 1940 to 1964, my father had built 22  wooden lobster boats plus two iceboats that were used for island mail delivery. Some lobster boats he had built for himself while others were built...

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Snowstorms and stitches …

The first day of 1961 saw snow on the ground. A lot of snow had fallen the month of December 1960 and snow flurries prevailed Jan. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. A snowstorm accompanied with strong winds occurred Jan. 4th and 5th and the Pictou Island road was plugged solid with snow. The Northumberland Strait ice...

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