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Toney River Wharf in the 50's and 60's

Toney River wharf (circa 1950's, 1960's)
The Toney River wharf (circa 1950s or early 1960s)

Boats and traps (1950's, 1960's)
Boats and traps:  Boats were 20-25 feet long with no cabins and no electrical equipment.  Boats were known by number and not by name.

Boat heading into Toney River (1950's, 1960's)
A boat heading in to Toney River.  The fishermen left before daylight, and were lucky to get back before sundown

Empty boat moored at dock
An empty boat is moored at the dock.  Boats could only carry 25-30 traps.  Many trips had to be made to put the traps out at the beginning of the season.

Boats coming in to dock
Boats coming in and a stack of traps sitting on the dock.  Ten to twenty traps were strung together to make a bull trawl.

Before construction of floating docks
Before the construction of the floating docks at Toney River wharf.  Back then the fishermen tied up at the main wharf or they made their own place to tie up along the shore.  As seen in this photo, some fishermen had to walk the plank to get to their boats.

Buildings at Toney River wharf surrounded by flood water
The buildings at Toney River wharf surrounded by flood water, during the flood in the spring of 1962.  Many structures were destroyed and fishermen who had already set their traps lost them all. The flood caused a delay in the fishing season.

The building known as the cookhouse was taken by the flood.  The ice and water removed the cookhouse from its foundation on a bank and took it out to sea.  Although the cookhouse was not in use at the time, it was quite a sight to see an entire building floating out of the wharf and into the Northumberland Strait.

Woman sitting on dock after repairs made.
A women sits on the dock after repairs have been made.  Many fishermen needed to repair the landings where they tied up after the flood of 62.  This time, they built structures that were more like floating docks. 


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