Dumping day from the Cape Forchu Lighthouse

Carla Allen callen@thevanguard.ca
Published on November 27, 2012

It's been a tradition for several years - the early morning gathering at the Cape Forchu Lighthouse for the departure of the Yarmouth harbour lobster fishing fleet on the first day of the season.

Fishermen had an extra day of watching and waiting this year as the start was delayed one day due to a forecast of gale-force winds for yesterday.

A continental breakfast was a popular offering at the lighthouse for a donation to the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society.The crowd at the lighthouse began to build as 6 a.m. drew closer.

At 5:45, Reverend Bill Newell blessed the fishermen via VHF radio and CJLS. The foghorn sounded at 6 a.m. and the heavily-laden boats surged towards the fishing grounds.

As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, several incidents involving boats or fishermen were reported.

A fisherman who fell overboard around 17 nautical miles south of Digby was retreived within five minutes by the crew and transported to the Yarmouth hospital by Cormorant helicopter. A vessel also reported taking on water through a hatch. A Cormorant dropped a pump and the boat was able to proceed on its own power. Click here for the story related to these incidents.

In Port Maitland, a fishing vessel loaded with traps sank at the entry to the Port Maitland Wharf. The sinking delayed the start of the fishery there by 40 minutes. Click here for story.

 

Dumping Day from Cape Forchu Lighthouse

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A crowd lines the cliff in front of the lighthouse, waving their lights as the fishermen depart for the 2012 season.<br />Carla Allen photo

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A fishermen descends the walkway at the John's Cove wharf at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.<br />Carla Allen photo

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A crewmember attends to last minute details.<br />Carla Allen photo

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These buoys will be bobbing on the water in a few short hours.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Piled high with traps, these boats await the start of the 2012/2013 lobster fishing season.<br />Carla Allen photo

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The time draws near.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Calm waters in the harbour.<br />Carla Allen photo

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A lighted welcome.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Hazel and Phillip Lee are originally from Portsmouth, England.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Robert Surette loads up on breakfast.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Sylvia Nedila is from British Columbia. She says participating in the dumping day send off at the Yarmouth lighthouse was a milestone event in her life.<br />Carla Allen photo

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A full moon shone down on the fishermen and supporters.<br />Carla Allen photo

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A view from the top.<br />Carla Allen photo

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Racing towards the moon.<br />Carla Allen photo

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