Sto­ries told on more than 160 buoys

Lob­ster pot tree lit for the sea­son; new sto­ries told on its boughs with buoys


The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton’s lob­ster pot tree on the North East Point wa­ter­front has been lit for the sea­son, with new sto­ries be­ing told on the more than 160 buoys cre­ated by lo­cal res­i­dents that adorn its boughs.

A com­mu­nity tra­di­tion since 2009, for the past four years buoys in mem­ory of those lost at sea, fish­er­men who have passed on and in recog­ni­tion of those that are fish­ing on the wa­ter now have be­come part of the cus­tom.

One new buoy added to the tree this year tells the story of how a tragedy on the open­ing day of the lob­ster sea­son in 1964 led to the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Cana­dian Coast Guard small lifeboat sta­tion in Clark’s Har­bour in 1966.

“On the open­ing day of the lob­ster sea­son in south­west­ern Nova Sco­tia my grand­fa­ther Still­man Quin­lan, and his nephew James Smith, lost their lives af­ter they en­coun­tered foul weather,” reads the note ac­com­pa­ny­ing the buoy. The ‘Jane and Judy’ was on its maiden voy­age. It was that in­ci­dent that led to the es­tab­lish­ing of the Coast Guard life sta­tion in Clark’s Har­bour and the first Coast Guard ves­sel known as the 101.”

“Christ­mas at the Cause­way is a cel­e­bra­tion of both Christ­mas and the kick­off to the lob­ster sea­son. Lo­cated at the cause­way join­ing Cape Sable Is­land to the main­land is a giant lob­ster trap tree. It is dec­o­rated with buoys of present-day fish­er­men and in mem­ory of fish­er­men who have passed and fish­er­men who were lost at sea,” states the note. “This year my fam­ily will add a buoy to the tree in mem­ory of my grand­fa­ther Still­man, known by his nick­name Wrigley.”

Then there’s the memo­rial buoys for fa­ther and daugh­ter Troy and Tori Sy­monds, who passed away 16 years apart. Both made a liv­ing on the wa­ter.

The lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree will re­main lit throughout De­cem­ber and usu­ally at­tracts a reg­u­lar stream of visi­tors.


Peo­ple pose for pho­tos in front of the lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree dur­ing the tree light­ing cel­e­bra­tions on Nov. 26.


Peo­ple look at the buoys on the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Bar­ring­ton’s lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree dur­ing the tree light­ing cel­e­bra­tions.


The 327 RCSCC Uni­corn band plays Christ­mas tunes for the crowd at the lob­ster pot Christ­mas tree light­ing cel­e­bra­tions.

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