What lobsters?

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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Seals love to sun themselves at Pictou Island

The tiny section of land situated in the Northumberland Strait called Pictou Island consists of approximately 3,263 acres of land. The northern side of this island is mainly covered with a dense growth of spruce trees. Over the past several years, a couple of summer cottages have been built on this side where a thriving...

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Anderson MacLean and Wayne MacKinnon

I have previously written a tale or two about Anderson MacLean from River John and his ways of life as a fisherman on Pictou Island. I thank those of you who have shared your accounts of past events thus allowing me to share them with others. One such recollection that was passed onto me concerning...

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Pictou Island Christmas 1959

The weather during the month of December 1959 remained mild, middle to high 30s Fahrenheit, the wind blew hard from the south nearly every day and it rained a lot. Jimmie MacDonald and wife Viney were found deceased in their burnt out home on December 10. Consequently, over the next several days, Arnold MacMillan kept...

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Slap shots and stealing apples …

Just east of the wharf on Pictou Island lies the home of Edward and Mary Rankin. This large house displays the fine architectural talents of past Pictou Islanders. That house was constructed from lumber sawed and taken from the woods on Pictou Island by Laughlin Rankin. Laughlin was Edward’s father and he passed away in...

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1962: Fishing, a wedding and giant ice cream cones…

The winter snow and ice in the Northumberland Strait started leaving early in the spring of 1962. Most of the winter snow had gone during March and the strait ice was breaking up. Cecil Rankin and my brother Vincent made the first strait crossing from Pictou Island to Pictou that year in Cecil’s boat on...

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