People of the Sea

By Clarence Vautier

From bestselling writer Clarence Vautier comes extra tales of unsung heroes: the fishermen who made a dwelling off the ocean in Atlantic Canada. those tales are the biographies, relatives histories, and photo collections of 22 highliners. throughout the 20th century, those have been the elite fishermen who regularly sailed domestic with the most important catches taken from the waters off Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. in fact, with good fortune usually comes a value, and lots of of those courageous fishermen misplaced their lives whereas engaged in what's nonetheless the main harmful on the earth. This e-book is a tribute to the lads, ladies, and households who lived and died for the chilly Atlantic waters.

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As soon as the overall healthiness matters have been resolved, Captain Pitcher was once provided a role operating with business Marine items (IMP) designing trawler nets. He labored there for nearly 10 years until eventually he used to be provided a place with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (B. I. O. ) out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. B. I. O. performed learn for Fisheries and Oceans and Captain Pitcher went to paintings as trawler captain aboard the MV Alfred Needler, a stern trawler used to behavior study. Captain Pitcher remained on board the MV Alfred Needler until 1988, at which period he retired on the age of 65. He passed on to the great beyond on April 23, 2008. typhoon OF FEBRUARY, 1967: CAPTAIN EDWIN BREWER AND CAPTAIN NORMAN “MACK” FIANDER many times there are storms that ravage the east coast of Canada, and the U.S., leaving lethal effects, leaving childrens with no their fathers, better halves with no their husbands, and oldsters with out their little ones. There have through the years been a few those storms, and for fishermen at the east coast of Canada the notorious “August Gales” have a number of the maximum tolls of lives within the fishing undefined. in additional contemporary years, with the advance of expertise, boats, and dealing stipulations, tragedies at sea weren't so universal yet nonetheless on occasion happened. one of many worst to hit the fishing grounds alongside the east coast of Canada used to be within the iciness of 1967. In overdue January and the start of February, the vast majority of the bigger fishing fleet have been all returning again to the fishing grounds to fish for numerous species in both longliners or trawlers. They lined the fishing grounds from Georges financial institution the entire approach to the Grand Banks. within the past due night hours of Monday, February 20, 1967, the elements alongside the coast of Nova Scotia used to be starting to become worse as an extreme low-pressure method was once making its method east, inflicting excessive winds and seas, and blowing snow. even if the elements used to be faraway from beneficial, the fishing fleet used to be battering away on the excessive winds and sea to do a task many were doing when you consider that they have been the right age to visit paintings. One vessel making up the fishing fleet that day used to be the MV Cape Bonnie, a 152-foot 400 GRT metal facet trawler release from the shipyard in England in 1952 and less than the command of Captain Peter Hickey. Captain Hickey used to be initially from Harbour Breton, NL, yet was once now living in Halifax along with his kin. He had labored for nationwide Sea items for ten years and were captain of the Cape Bonnie for 6 months. The Cape Bonnie and her workforce departed Halifax in mid-February for a regimen fishing journey southwest of Halifax to the neighborhood of l. a. Havre financial institution. within the overdue hours of February 20, 1967, after tens days of fishing, the Cape Bonnie departed the fishing grounds for her domestic port of Halifax to off-load her seize, approximately 70,000 pounds of fish. within the early morning hours of February 21, 1967, the Cape Bonnie was once coming near near the coastline west of Halifax in excessive winds and sea, besides lowered visibility as a result of a dazzling storm from snow.

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