Category Archives: Ships

Words of Wisdom – AF Theriault and Son

I was accused recently of not taking enough pictures of people… and it’s true. Then again, a lot of nature and landscape photographers shy away from people in their shots. Taking a good picture of someone is surprisingly difficult. Getting … Continue reading

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Two Old Girls

The inshore lobster fishery is a harsh, inglorious, hands-on, traditional business. These two battered old girls may have seen better days, but they are still pressed into service and do their bit. Built as plank-on-frame, wooden boats, they’ve been sheathed … Continue reading

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Bow Thruster – AF Theriault & Son

Bow thrusters give ship’s captains much greater control over their vessels when manoeuvring in tight quarters, often eliminating the need for a tug. They are installed in tubes, running right through the bow of a ship from one side to … Continue reading

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The Business End – Lady Melissa

This giant propeller, in it’s shielded tunnel moves the massive purse seiner, Lady Melissa through the harsh waters of the Gulf of Maine and North Atlantic ocean as she seeks her prey in the lucrative commercial fishery off the shores … Continue reading

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Lobster Cars – Meteghan Harbour

Meteghan is the principal harbour on Saint Mary’s Bay, in the Acadian French-speaking French Shore of Nova Scotia. Although many species of sea creatures are caught, the American Lobster is king here! These floating shacks, called lobster cars, have large … Continue reading

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Lady Lisa II – Yarmouth

Take my word for it… commercial fishing is a tough business. Time, the sea and the weather take their toll on both men and women, and machines. The Lady Lisa II has served many, many seasons on George’s Bank and … Continue reading

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The Eyes Have It

Gone are the days when a small fishing boat would go out for the day with nothing but a compass and a chart. Today even the smallest boats go out with radar, global positioning system receivers, marine radios, cellular telephones, … Continue reading

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Screwed Again

A worker puts the finishing touches on a newly installed, massive propeller for an off-shore tug being referbished at the AF Theriault yard in Meteghan River, Nova Scotia. Sony A-900 – Tamron 70-200mm – f 2.8 – 200mm – ISO … Continue reading

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Seiner Skiff – Meteghan River

This skiff usually rides piggy-back, on the stern of a large, commercial purse seiner, out in the north Atlantic, fishing for sardines, mackerel and herring. With the mother ship in dry dock for repairs, the skiff sits idle at the … Continue reading

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Tribal Screw

This massive propeller, known in maritime circles as a screw, is from a Canadian World War Two Tribal-class destroyer. Two of these huge bronze alloy screws were capable of propelling these ships to over thirty-six knots as they went about … Continue reading

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