Memorial wreaths taken to sea
CANSO -- On a warm sunny Sunday afternoon the wreaths and flowers that were laid at the annual Seamen's Memorial ceremony in Canso last week, were removed from the site and transported to Whitman’s Wharf by Lions Ray and Judy White.
At Whitman Wharf area fishing and pleasure boats picked up memorial wreaths and headed out into the harbour for a boat parade and annual laying of the wreaths to commemorate those lost at sea. The lead boat, the Irishtowner with captain Berkley Dixon, led a procession of thirty boats around Canso Harbour and offshore to the Faraway Buoy in Chedabucto Bay. When all the boats surrounded the Irishtowner Father Dan MacDonald from Star of the Sea Parish gave a special blessing which was broadcast to the boats in the parade.
Following a moment of silence, the wreaths were placed in the sea by King Lion Brenda Garrity from the Canso Lions Club, Father Dan MacDonald and Captain Berkley Dixon in memory of lost fishermen and women. Seamen Memorial Co-chair Lion Ray white thanked the boat owners for their participation in the 39th Annual Boat Parade and the laying of the wreaths at sea.