The Wooden Boat Festival had its genesis in Mahone Bay brought there through the effort of an Indian Point builder. In twenty five-years it got to be an impressive show, but there were fallings-out between traditional schooner owners and plastic boat owners as well as between merchants and and sailing boat vessel owners. The local Chamber of Commerce cancelled the renamed "Classic Boat Festival" but sponsored a Pirate Festival & Regatta in its place. No contest between the new and the old! The wooden boat people left the plastic folk racing out of Mahone Bay while the wooden boat people defected to Lunenburg after racing for a season out of Hubbards, the usual end-point for ocean-going craft. They now race from Luneburg Bay to Hubbards.
In the beginning the Reunion looked like a great steal, but the races in harbour and out, have always been weather dependent! The retail merchants here also seem luke-warm to the idea of attempting to siphon off some business from accommodation and food venues. Those participating in races have a good time but the ocean-going phase is not much of a spectator sport. After a good first-year showing the wooden-boat builders have not displayed in any number. That leaves and entertainment tent and an information tent and a fast-food tent sponsored by a local service club. In both locations merchants were always troubled by "gypsy caravans" which brought competing merchandise to town. Last year Castle Building reinstated its very popular "Fast and Furious Race" in Lunenburg after a hiatus following the collapse of the Classic Boat Festival.
Having seen versions of "The Parade of Sails" in the past Ruth and I drove our guests to the Lunenburg waterfront and left them to observe happenings there. We agreed to meet with them about noon hour.
What follows is sequential.
The town was not busy this day and we located them at one of the public wharfs. Frankie noticed the Welsh connection.
Nothing wooden about this craft.
Looking back at the Adams & Knickle buildings and wharfs from this location.
This is the last of the deep-water fishing schooners now a museum piece at the Fisheries Museum wharf.
A local tour boat was obviously profiting from landsmen who had come to town.
That boat in the middle ground is a reproduction of an early design built in the museum workshop.
We came upon this display at the eastern end of Bluenose Drive.
A walk out to the end of the "Railway Wharf" to have a look at a salmon aquaculture tender.
.Registered at St. Andrews, NB, this is a Cooke Aquaculture vessel which clears pens out there and brings them to shore for road transport in huge truck tankers.
Walking back to the Dory Shop we learn that demonstrations are about to take place. With time to spare we all have a look inside the Dory Shop.
Here Frankie and Graham discuss the process of constructing a dory with Susan Corkum Greek. General Manager. Dawson Moreland & Associates, who own this workshop.
Graham has a boat back in England.
Here are a couple finished products and a small schooner then under construction by this firm.
This outfit repairs as well as builds these boats. Lunenburg is a site for international dory races.
Frankie and Susan in the boatyard.
The demonstration commences.
To keep wooden oars from being worn away in oarlocks they have to be wrapped.
Both members of the Fancy team know how to do this!
This attracted a group of a couple of dozen people.
Walking back westward we encountered the knotty guy at the entrance to the Knaut-Rhuland waterfront property.
The Cape Sable is an ocean-going scallop dragger. Our new friends were finding the weather a bit warmer than that in England.
Time for a repast, so we marched on to the Ice House Restaurant's patio on the museum long wharf. The wharf was free of charge for this event.
There were larger numbers of people about by mid-afternoon.
A young feller demonstrates filleting fish.
A Tom Sawyer version of "fun."
Amazing number of lookers-on.
The view from the long wharf across Bluenose Drive.
.A magician was active under the little top and Frankie took a seat.
The following day, we cruise the La Have Ferry for food at the La Have Bakery Restaurant.
A boat builder is housed in the waterfront wing.
Before making a grand entry we watched a dog having a swim.
Here is what Ruth and I ate.
Then, a spin around the old French archaeological site at Fort Point further down the road. Frankie posed with an outdoor Acadian bake oven. A quick round of the lighthouse museum and then...
A stop at Crescent Beach, the first on the road south, and the only one that allows vehicles parking space.
This was a windy day and not hot.
A wading we will go...
but not for long.
.Next stop, the La Have Island Museum, a completely local effort.
This kind 0f craft was common in the inshore fisheries of my childhood.
Graham seemed interested.
The museum grounds, which seem to have after-hours use.
Housed in an old Anglican church.
In Lunenburg the following day for the final event of The Wooden Boat Reunion.
We arrived late for the "Fast and Furious boat races. These boats are created from plywood in a matter of hours and were built to carry a sail as well as two passengers.
Here are my shots of the final race, one of five heats.
As I said, these races have always drawn large crowds.
Not much wind in this confined racing space.
That's a rescue team in that rubber boat.
Lots of laughs all around.
Causes for concern.
A rudder would help but who would man it?
Offensive and defensive driving.
The dash for the finish line.
The "BYS" are disabled.
Not to mention sinking!
Down and out.
No hard feelings?
The also rans are still running.
Amazing what duck tape can do?
I am not the only one keeping a record.
All hands are on the float again.
Graham and Frankie took in all the heats, and that's her left arm in the foreground. This craft had a plumbing problem at the finish line.
And "dat is dat" as they say in Lunenburg.