Port stor­age up­grade

Har­bour author­ity takes on pro­ject to re­store bait sheds

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

As West Point lob­ster fish­er­men were set­ting their gear for the fall sea­son, con­struc­tion fore­man Ja­son Greenan and his crew were just get­ting started on a pro­ject to re­store and beau­tify the port’s stor­age sheds.

Now that the sea­son has wrapped up, so is the work on the stor­age sheds, once called bait sheds, seen lin­ing the wharves of most fish­ing har­bours on P.E.I., Greenan said some of the 30 in­di­vid­ual sheds con­tained in two long build­ings, were rarely used any­more and the struc­tures were in need of re­pair. “You could put your hand through them,” he said, ex­plain­ing the ply­wood on the walls “had its day.”

There’s now steel on the walls and roof and some sills were re­paired and oth­ers re­placed. Some of the de­cay, Greenan said, was the re­sult of leak­ing wa­ter taps.

Sec­tions of walls had to be re-en­forced and ma­te­rial from some sheds had to be re­moved.

The 200-foot build­ing near­est the Har­bour­side Cen­tre, con­tain­ing 20 stor­age sheds, is close to 50 years old, and the 100-foot build­ing next to it is just a few years younger. On Tues­day, the day after West Point fish­er­men fin­ished land­ing their gear, Greenan and his crew of Grant Buchanan and Jody Mac­Don­ald were putting the fin­ish­ing touches on their pro­ject, at­tach­ing hand­painted and colour-co-or­di­nated signs on the sheds’ new wooden doors.

Each door has the name of one of the port’s boats on top in a bright colour and a nau­ti­cal or fish­ing-themed de­sign of the same colour un­der­neath.

All of the signs and de­signs were hand-painted by Julie Rose of Follow Your Heart Wood­work­ing in O’Leary. It took her about six weeks to fill the or­der.

“They’re the sharpest look­ing bait houses in Canada,” re­marked long-time West Point fish­er­man Wayne Liv­ing­stone as he ob­served the pro­ject’s progress from the shel­ter of his truck.

Nearby, Spencer El­lis was in­spired to put his Dawn til Dusk stor­age build­ing to use and was clear­ing out long-for­got­ten ma­te­ri­als to move in rope and buoys.

“They were in rough shape,” har­bour author­ity sec­re­tary­trea­surer, Amy But­ler, said in de­scrib­ing what the two build­ings looked like prior to the pro­ject.

With a craft shop and the Har­bour­side Cen­tre right on the wharf, hav­ing the stor­age build­ings fresh­ened up makes sense.

“It just makes the whole area look bet­ter,” she said.

The har­bour author­ity cov­ered the cost of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing the art­work, and labour costs were cov­ered through Skills P.E.I. and the Em­ploy­ment Devel­op­ment Agency.

Be­sides pro­vid­ing the port’s fish­er­men with stor­age space for their gear, But­ler said the 300-foot length of stor­age serves an­other prac­ti­cal pur­pose. It pro­vides a wind and sand break for the boat pond.

The pro­ject runs un­til Oct. 27. Re­main­ing com­po­nents in­clude build­ing some flower boxes at the outer end of the stor­age sheds and a gen­eral cleanup of the area.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOURNAL PI­O­NEER

A re­pair and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ject was car­ried out on the West Point Har­bour’s stor­age sheds this fall.

ERIC MCCARTHY/JOURNAL PI­O­NEER

Jody Mac­Don­ald, left, and pro­ject fore­man Ja­son Greenan look on as Grant Buchanan con­firms the sign on a stor­age shed door is level. The 30 stor­age sheds in two build­ings on the West Point wharf were fixed up this year. All the sheds got new doors with hand-painted signs and new sid­ing cov­ered the build­ings.

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