Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Haul-up in Spring

With the snow melting I been presented with some photographic opportunities that did not exist while the ground was covered. This has been a great help to the Project 365 challenge that a handful of us have undertaken. It is refreshing not to have a snowbank in virtually every image. Not only has it been nice to get some colourful images of flowers at the Historic Gardens but, the melting means that some of our other facilities are becoming accessible. Earlier today I took a few minutes to wander around the Annapolis Royal Haul-up. Even though there is not a boat on the slip, the textures and colours are still interesting. If you have never had the opportunity to see the Haul-up in action, I would highly recommend taking the time to watch them "change boats". It is fascinating to watch as a 45 foot scallop boat emerges from the water.

The Haul-up is also a tangible reminder of our community's historic connections to the sea. The sound of a caulking hammer driving oakum between the planks on a boat is the same today as it would have been when the French first settled on our shores in 1605. This is a sound that was passed down through the shipbuilders of the golden age of sail in the nineteenth century. Even though it was quiet today, you could almost hear the ghosts of the generations who made their living on the Annapolis Royal waterfront.

All for now,
RGS





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