Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Lobster Port In The Winter

These beautiful fibreglass fishing boats are waiting on the wharf for the spring season to open.
These beautiful fibreglass fishing boats are waiting on the wharf for the spring season to open.

There was “Knot a Chance” I was going to miss a cold, snow covered, bright sunny day to take some pictures of a cute fishing village wharf close to home here on the Witch’s Island. It’s an interesting place at this time of year. The boats are all resting, some in fine shape, new and gleaming and some are very much showing signs of wear and tear. One boat had an ugly metal patch on its gunwale and there were several more that were badly in need of a good paint touch-up. Still, they looked so graceful up on their stands waiting for spring so that they can sail the ocean far and wide again to bring home the daily catch. Oh, what stories and secrets have been told on these beautiful boats we can only imagine.

 Might be time to give this mermaid a new coat of paint.
Might be time to give this mermaid a new coat of paint.

 Not the prettiest vessel in the fleet!
Not the prettiest vessel in the fleet!

In summers past I have been on quite a few deep-sea fishing trips where I have fished cod, mackerel, hake, sole, and even the odd sculpin fish. Only the last kind was ever thrown back and that was only because they are so damn ugly. If you ever saw one you would know what I mean. Still, apparently while they are lacking in good looks they supposedly very tasty. Maybe you’ll try one and let me know.

The boats are all on shore at this time of year.
The boats are all on shore at this time of year.

Even with the mild weather we have had this year the water has still frozen solid.
Even with the mild weather we have had this year the water has still frozen solid.

 Not a soul around.
Not a soul around.

The wharf itself was very still, not even the water was moving, it being frozen right to the edges of the pier. Even the wind stopped while we were there. It was kind of like a maritime ghost town. It was pretty, though. Most shacks had some kind of decoration, a bright red paint, some old tuna tails, a pirate flag. They really stood out against the winter sky and the ice.

 Like notches on the gunslinger’s pistol, someone is keeping track of the kill.
Like notches on the gunslinger’s pistol, someone is keeping track of the kill.

 The Skull and Crossbones. I don’t imagine that this flag leaves the port.
The Skull and Crossbones. I don’t imagine that this flag leaves the port.

Three of the sheds had weathervanes, which seems sort of redundant but I guess it’s important to know which way the wind is blowing if you’re heading out on the water. My favourite of the three was the funky bird one which looked like it had been constructed from old yard tools.

This weathervane looks like it was homemade from old garden tools.
This weathervane looks like it was homemade from old garden tools.

This one has a fisherman in a dory.

This weathervane is some kind of duck floating in a pond.
This weathervane is some kind of duck floating in a pond.

We have been very lucky with the weather so far this year. Winter is already a third complete and I choose to believe that spring is just around the corner. I can almost picture the boats plowing through the waves right now.

 The last thing the lobster sees just before his trap is hauled over the side.
The last thing the lobster sees just before his trap is hauled over the side…

8 comments:

Suz said...

Oh this was a nice walk with you....me, I'm a land lover...but I love the dock and sheds...so pretty in your photos

Gill - That British Woman said...

what do the fishermen do over winter, do they go on unemployment?

Gill

The Witch said...

Oh, my, yes! But only if they get enough "stamps" to qualify.

Jane said...

That's funny 'cause I posted a pic from the port of Tignish with my Sunday Night Chit Chat post:) I just love going there and taking pictures - everything is so picturesque. Of course I haven't been there yet in the winter to see the contrast. It would feel eerily still and quiet. I was told in Lunenberg once that the colour red was used a lot for the fishing shacks because it's the colour of highest visibility when it's foggy.Thanks for the chance to see your port in winter (though there's not much snow around!)

Marguerite said...

We went for a walk last weekend down to the water and I was surprised to see so much ice. I still find it funny that the salt water freezes here (the west coast I guess is too warm, no ice there) but I was really surprised to see ice this year given how warm it's been. Today felt like spring had arrived!

Canadian Saver said...

Love the pics, Witch... are you getting much snow today?

Hope you enjoyed your day off :-)

Gill - That British Woman said...

I am finally a follower of your blog, so lots of posts please!!!!

Gill

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