The winter of 1955-56

Winter set in early with about three inches of snow falling on Nov. 11, 1955. My father and Arnold MacMillan had been setting their smelt nets together in coves around the Merigomish area but had returned home to Pictou Island on November 12 because of the unstable weather. It was still blowing hard and was...

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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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Cookhouses provided virtual smorgasbord of eats

During the 1960s, one-room community schools in Nova Scotia – including the one on Pictou Island – were in the process of closing their doors. Many Pictou Islanders didn’t want their children leaving their homes alone and moving to the mainland to attend the larger schools. Several Island families began to leave their roots on...

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And so it begins…

Lobster boats began landing their first catches this morning, this one in Caribou. Traps were set on Saturday but arrivals were late due partly to windy conditions in the Northumberland Strait on Sunday. Initial word was that volume was reasonably good for the first day. (Goodwin photo)...

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Getting ready for the season …

A crew was busy today, April 11, restoring the system of floating docks in the inner harbour at Toney River. Standing from left, Fred Falconer, Adrian Murray and Danny Battist and Keith Gratto, kneeling, position the last piece of the dock into place. The work is part of preparations for the fishing season for lobster...

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