Tuesday, March 30, 2010

On the Rocks in Parker's Cove - Part 3

I suppose that I really do not have much to add to the display of photographs in this post. This collection was taken at about 5:45 this evening and shows the sad end to the tale of the scallop dragger Papa's Boys. After the attempts to get the boat floating again were unsuccessful, a decision was apparently made that the boat should be broken up. This is of course the safe thing to do since there is no need for someone to accidentally get injured crawling around on the disabled boat. There is also no need to add to the already abundant flotsam which floats about the Bay of Fundy.

By the time that I arrived all of the equipment and trawl had been removed from the boat and the excavator was breaking up the hull. The bow had been dragged to the high water mark so that the incoming tide would not carry it away. With new draggers being made of fiberglass, boats with this type of wooden hull construction are becoming a rarity. At 15-20 years old, the Papa's Boys was actually one of the younger wooden boats in the Digby scallop fleet. Many of the wooden boats would be over 30 years old. Ironically, the spot where the bow was sitting was used as a shipyard in the 1980s.

All for now,

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