Fishing for Music

November 01, 2012


Fishing around for words for the Nova Scotia Fisherman blog this week and I thought I would tell you a little bit about my history with Fishing in Nova Scotia. I grew up in Port Hood a small village in Cape Breton. For employment you either worked at the local mill, were a teacher or a fisherman.

My Father was a fisherman and has been for the last 38 years. My first summer job before university was as his helper. I was one of the first girls to join the fisher ranks and there were many jokes as to my title but we settled on fisherwoman. Still sounds strange and they haven’t written any great Celtic songs with Fisherwoman in the title (please feel free to correct me).

I still look back at that time with pride and almost wish to be doing it again. Fishing is hard work but the view is amazing and being out on the ocean brings a peacefulness that you don’t get from a desk job. I worked close to the engine on the boat banning lobsters. The engine had a huge roar and you couldn’t hear yourself think and had to use hand signals to the other workers. After a while it becomes white noise and to pass the time I started a game that I would try to sing every sea song that I knew. After a few days I  would sing to the top of my lungs without a care in the world. On land I am a second tree to the left type person that would faint before letting herself be heard singing by anyone but fishing gave me theatical freedom.   As I am writing I have already started humming …ship to shore, can you read me anymore…

I would love to hear from you about your favorite sea songs.  Post your favorites on our facebook page.


Colindale Road, Port Hood, NS

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