GRAND MANAN, N.B.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on August 31, 2011


Two nice mornings in a row, something that has been rare in these parts this summer. Now just coming daylight, still total calm, a warm 14C, longrange remains positive. Today should rise into mid 20's.

All hands milling about this morning, a quick trip to the Big Smoke, a Dr.'s appointment, purchase must have for school clothes, even might get some of the articles they need to attend class.

ADVENTURE running well, a little glitch yesterday, a back up generator started for whatever reason, when they turned it off the main one shutdown also. No rational reason, but a short term unexplained glitch.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 30, 2011


Absolute calm, full tide has receded so one can almost walk across the harbour to Ross Island. Temp a cool 7C, will rise near 20C, long range looking similar till at least the weekend.

Ferries started running yesterday mid-afternoon. Not much travelling on the late trip last evening, full this morning as reservations were taking standby only for first trip this morning.

School trip tomorrow, leave Emily in Quispam till the weekend, without her vehicle, at least for this time around. A busy itinerary wtih clothes and a bit of school requirements to pick up.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on August 29, 2011



The remnants of IRENE remain this morning, in the form of 35-45KPH from SW.The sun is out temp already at 16C, wind gradually to diminish with wind shifting to the west 10-15KPH in the forecast for later on this afternoon. Weather looking good for the remainder of the week.

IRENE caused and continues to cause problems inland, lots of rain, power outages throughout the province, St.Stephen down approx.40miles as the crow flies. Now remains to see if the aftermath of the rainfall will cause flooding, in the next few days. Looking out into the harbour near low water, quite a run from the south making its way into the harbour, none appears to have made it to the lawn at high tide overnight. Would have to say we missed the full fury of IRENE, can live with that.

Emily babysitting this morning, with Charlie, our new grand niece, she is looking forward to that. Rob stood down for the moment, nothing going on that requires a bull. Once it dries out here Donna will have him at the yard am sure.

Ferry off the run as of 3PM yesterday, not so much the weather, but having problems with one of the bow thrusters. The ADVENTURE requires them to assit in docking, best be safe than push the envelope.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on August 28, 2011


Appears the calm before the storm underway, fog has left, actually quite a bright with the odd bit of rain. Soon to change with winds picking up around noon, the mariners weather calling for 30' waves, not something we see that often. IRENE to visit overnight, with clearing westerlies tomorrow afternoon.

IRENE is tracking quite a distance inland, but still packing a hell of a wallop all the way into Quebec, an unusual track for sure.

Kids below decks, Emily had a babysitting job, Rob had an opportunity to catch up on his social life yesterday. Soon will be fall routine, where did what he called summer get to anyway.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:29 AM GMT on August 27, 2011


The sun attempting to burn off the fog, with no success, a slight draft southerly insures we can enjoy the stuff for awhile longer. Temp a muggy 16C, calm, looking for clear weather till late tomorrow.

IRENE moving along the eastern seaboard, downgraded to high CAT 1, good to hear BUG not affected to any great degree. Looking like lots of moisture and high winds in the 50-60KT gusts range, forecast indicates sustained for a number of hours. She seems to be tracking ever so slight to the west at the moment. Certainly something to keep an eye one, however it will be what it will be.

Emily finished her summer gig, but had great news on the way out. She has been hired for the school year for a couple of hours after school each day to assist in the after school program. She will have steady funds to keep her toy and not get into her summer funds, buried in the bank. Rob got a few extra hours last evening loading rockweed, he is finally learning the value of a bit of labour, looks good on the pair of them.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 26, 2011


Maritime weather has returned, dungeon fog, no visibility, calm, a humid 16C, pretty well what is in the offing till IRENE decides to get on further north.

IRENE soon to be coming ashore on the eastern seaboard, map indicating heavy hit for mid New England, travelling over New York and Boston. Heading overland and to the west of the Bay of Fundy, by the time she gets this far north moving quite fast. An intersting weather weekend instore for all of us on the east coast down to the Carolinas at least.

Emily finishing her summer position today, babysitting one of the autistic kids tomorrow, he certainly enjoys being with her and she him. Rob still doing his thing, and having a good time doing so. Where did the summer get to anyway.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on August 25, 2011


A nice looking morning, sunshine, a breeze from douth @ 15KPH, lots of dew evident, temp 16C. Looking for moisture overnight, moderate temps and sun in forecast till the weekend.

IRENE continues to make her way towards the U.S. mainland, with landfall still to be determined. Looking like she might hug the shoreline north heading a little to the west around New York.

Local fishing news remains quiet, the herring catch not amounting to much if anything. The season is getting along, with IRENE imminent the wiers will no doubt have to be stripped to prevent loss of gear.

Rob & Emily doing the work thing, Emily finding the vehicle can be an expense having purchased gas for the first time yesterday. Rob just observing, now that he is getting a bit a bank account wondering if a vehicle is something in his future or not.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on August 24, 2011


A grand sunrise, giving way to overcast, a cool 9C, perfect calm, not supposed to have any dampness, but wouldn't hold my breath on that promise. Similar weather pattern for the next few days.

The track for Irene appears to have shifted ever so slight to the east before hitting mainland U.S. still Cat. 3 even high as it gets near our part of the world. The track this morning indicates JUSTAPLUGGIN will have her visit before she goes up the middle of the Bay.

YOHO LAKE and Mrs. YOHO returned to thier abode yesterday mid afternoon. Great to have them for a couple of days, they even had some not too bad weather while here.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 23, 2011


A rare weather event underway, sunshine, calm, a cool 10C, looking like this might be the norm for the next few days. Last evening comforting to see that the stars still existed, haven't seen them for weeks it seems.

Harbour very quiet, just the odd duck passing by, no abundance of any one species, at least on this side of the harbour.

Lawn needs some attention, will be hours before it dries as dew very heavy. Rob otherwise gainfully employed during the day and other interests after supper by process of elimination no doubt will fall to me to get it started at least.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 22, 2011


Looking over Ross Island can see a bit of blue sky, to the west ominous rain clouds. Temps 15C, SE 20-25KPH, barometer falling hard. Forecast is for rain today, clearing tonight, with a mix of sun and cloud for next few days. The wind to persist from a northerly influence.

Eldest brother and the travellimg kids returned to the fort yesterday. Travellers had a grand time, brother enjoyed the new ferry, something we haven't accomplished as yet.

Emily in harness for the last week for the summer, Rob set to pick up where he left off for the next couple of weeks.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on August 21, 2011


Thick, wooly, terms do not do justice to the type of fog we are enclosed by this morning. A slight draft southerly insuring it is packed in well, temp 14C, no change till tomorrow then showers for a couple of days.

Traffic more than cleaned up with the added capacity of the new ferry. Happened to be in North Head a couple of times when they were coming in, no many people travelling, or so it would appear.

Emily & Rob to return sometime today, eldest brother and his wife coming to visit for a couple of days, house will once again be filled.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:20 AM GMT on August 20, 2011


The brief respit from the fog is long past it seems, outside looks as if one is flying through cloud cover. Calm with a slight draft from south, temp a muggy 18C, similar weather for the next few days.

Emily visiting in Quispam for the weekend, Rob scheduled to return sometime tomorrow. According to some Facebook entries,I am told, he is having a busy and good time.

The ADVENTURE doing her thing,no hiccups reported this past couple of days. When those doors open a lot of room to carry vehicles, she has had ten tractor trailers with no problem.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 19, 2011


The good weather suggested a few days ago, not materializing, fog thick, can hardly make out the shoreline, calm 16C. Similar weather for the weekend, with rain to start the week.
Fishery news remains quiet, the run of herring done as quick as it begins. Appears they show up for a few days then disappear. The guys netting not having any amount of success, not enough groundfish coming ashore to get one to smoke, the boats that are fishing going a long ways for very few fish.
Emily off to Quispam for the weekend, she has one more week of work. Her vehicle remains home but will no doubt pick her up on her next trip to allow some shakedown cruises around St.John, not a girl with lots of sense of direction as yet.
Rob having a good time, according to third party sources. He will have a couple more days before they return to his reality.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 18, 2011


Weatherman holding to his word so far this morning, a warm 15C, sunshine, calm, indications another warm and sunny day in the offing.

A tour of some of the shopping opportunities in St. John went well, day did get warm by late afternoon temp in St. John around 27C, been awhile since temp been that level. A welcome change from rain and fog, can stand it for at least a few days.

Emily has had her vehicle around for her cronies to admire. Having it for at least forty eight hours, now old news I guess.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:09 AM GMT on August 17, 2011


A fine looking day getting underway, calm, temp at daylight 15C. Looking good with a slight draft from NW anticipated and temps into mid 20's. Similar weather outlook going out for several days.

Emily had quite a driving learning experience with her new car(to her). I brought the vehicle home to her yestereday, unbeknownst to her, afternoon. Shortly after supper it was in the ditch. After initial trepidation was satisfied got it out with the aid of tow truck, no damage, did end the driving for the remainder of the evening. The ditch just above the house very deep, we are fortunate she was not hurt, or the vehicle. A valuable lesson for future reference.

Donna has another year closer to Old Age Security Cheque. Taking her for a quick run of a mall or two in St. John. Not quite a mall crawl reference, but the years are getting her to that stage of mobility one would have to think.

ADVENTURE down yesterday, no word on when she will return or what is the cause of the problem.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 16, 2011


A windy wet morning underway, rain most of the night, widn 25KPH NE, still no sign the sun or clearing skies anywhere handy. Temp a damp 13C, clearing skies and mild temps for tomorrow.

The ADVENTURE down as of yesterday first trip. No bow thrusters, presently tied up in Blacks awaiting repairs or just is required to get her back on the run. Have the GRAND MANAN V and the old horse the BLACK BOAT once again jugging back and forth. The positive is that not down to just the BLACK BOAT during the height of the tourist season.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on August 15, 2011


Weatherman predicting showers, appears Mother Nature is getting inline to prove him correct. A sultry, overcast morning, not a breath of wind. A heron at the waters edge casting a reflection twice as long as he is. Showers for next couple of days with sun for Wednesday.

Rob got underway on the first boat yesterday, no problem getting up and waiting for his hosts. Emily enjoyed the family gatherings, always a good time, lots of food and fellowship.

The herring news a bit more positive with several wiers being seined over the weekend, no word on how the seiners are doing.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on August 14, 2011


Wooly once again or almost still, calm, a warm 16C, sun attempting to take over, however a slight southerly draft bringing the fog faster than it can burn off. Looking for moist weather to start the week off.

Rob off to Parlee Beach for the week, certainly looking forward to the opportunity. Emily looking to travel to Quispam next weekend, she only has a couple of weeks remaining at the Club.

Been a weekend of gatherings, Friday BBQ with good friends at thier place, out for supper with family of nieces and nephews at MCLAUGHLINS WHARF, our turn to host the family group today.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on August 13, 2011


A grand one out there this morning, very fallish to say the least. Bright sun, a slight westerly with a hint of southerly creeping in. Temp a pleasant 13C, backing off the good weather for tomorrow to fog, and rain for the first of the week.

A sign of things to come, one of the hanging baskets has given it up. A combination of no sun and lots of rain contributed to the premature demise I am sure. Some yardwork is in order, or so I am advised. Will take till this afternoon before the grass dries to allow such a thing.

Herring news still dismall the seiners have not been having any great success. Hearing the plant in Blacks Harbour did not have fish to pack at least one day this week. No seiners or wier herring, not a common occurrence this time of year.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on August 12, 2011


The promised change in the weather alludes us at this moment. Wooly dosen't give the fog a proper description, barely see the shore. It is calm, 13C, supposed to clear this afternoon, sunny for the weekend, then more moisture next week.

The ADVENTURE arrived with much fanfare, large crowds in Blacks Harbour and Grand Manan. I haven't been aboard as yet, however those that were have, nothing but praise, the decor and amenities best referred to as not a ferry but a cruise ship. To have not heard a negative comment from such a large group is quite an accomplishment.

Emily has only two weeks left before her summer employment done, Rob has next week with a buddy to Parlee Beach. He is enjoying his time working everyday, no payday as yet, but get the idea he is calculating how he is doing financially with a chance to get some hours over the school year appealing to him.



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THURSDAY, AUGUST 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 11, 2011


Overcast, calm, have had showers overnight, temp 13C, weatherman suggesting clearing for this afternoon with nice temps and better weather for the next couple of days.

Taking Rob to work this morning 0630, see some of the guests for the Maiden Voyage enroute to North Head. A bit of excitement being generated, especially if the weather co-operates. We decided to forgo the opportunity, will be on her several times in the next few weeks, no doubt need to be some things done on this end prior to her arrival.

Fishery news quiet, herring run seems to have stopped for the moment. Busy in the wiers last week, nothing so far this week. Believe a few boats scalloping and netting no word on how they are doing.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 10, 2011


Showers overnight, trying to clear with blue sky showing over Ross Island, a slight draft from SE. Temp 14C to rise near the 20C level.Weather to be unsettled for next couple of days.

The arrival of the ADVENTURE being set up for tomorrow, weather still iffy, but improving all the time. Seems to be a bit of a stir concerning her arrival, folks looking forward to her getting on the run.

Rob ready for work, has no problem getting in the rack at night. Doing a bit of whatever has to be done, from Pound work, assume he will be helping with the rockweed loading before too long.

Brother and wife return to Moncton this morning, great having them past couple of days, mom pleased to have them visit. She got an extra tour as a result.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 09, 2011


A bit of a positive change in the weather this morning, wind northerly 10-15KPH, partial overcast, temp a pleasant 15C. The trees have a fallish action to them as the leaves are moved about with the wind.

The weather looking not too bad for the arrival of the ADVENTURE. Things appear to becoming into place, those nominated for the Maiden Voyage looking forward to having the bragging rights as being one of the first trip from Blacks Harbour to Grand Manan. Donna's dad goes back ninety years of travelling on the ferry system, quite looking forward to this trip.

Younger brother and wife in for a couple of days, visiting mother and catching up on what is going on. Always good to have one of the brothers visit, and catch up on what is going on in thier world and that of the nieces and nephews.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 08, 2011


A 'farmers rain' currently underway, calm, rain coming straight down, a muggy 14C. Weather pattern to remain for the day, fog tonight with clearing in works for tomorrow. The outline of Ross Island barely visible with low lying cloud/fog.

Quispam on the boat this morning, a quick weekend for sure. They had a grand time together, weather iffy for bonfire, and swimming activities,but that was proabably secondary in thier minds.

Rob has a few hours with local fish buyer, a new part of his resume, seems to be up for the challenge.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on August 07, 2011


Thick fog, just enough southerly to move the flag once in awhile, very muggy. The weaterman suggesting lots of rain and possible Tstorms over the next few days.

Rob out overnight, Emily and Quispam having a grand time catching up. They were out for supper last evening, a short drive then an evening of movies. The certainly enjoy one anothers company, never know they are about most of the time.

Guest list been approved, inviatation from the Premier moving about this weekend, will have them in the hands of those travelling by tomorrow evening. Weather looking iffy at the moment.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:35 AM GMT on August 06, 2011


The fog has retreated from the harbour, but is lying offshore and will return with a bit of wind shift. Temp a mild 14C, slight draft from SW, temp to rise into low 20's with a chance of Tstorms later on in the day.

Late yesterday word trickled down that the ADVENTURE is on for the 11th. The guests will be notified early next week, will be hectic for those directly involved in getting the event up and running, dosen't appear to be much in place at the moment.

Quispam in residence, lots of smiles around, strange he dosen't engage me in any small talk when he arrives or any other time for that matter. They took Rob with them to a beach fire last evening, didn't have to get them - Rob included. A bit of worry getting used to this Right of Passage, but like the idea of having control when I decide to turn in.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on August 05, 2011


Partial overcast this morning, still a northerly influence in the wind, has relented somewhat to 10-15KPH, temp a cool 12C, but expected to rise into the mid 20's by this afternoon.

Appears to be a change in the air, geese trying out their wings, lots of waterfowwel in the harbour different times during the day. Will probably have to acknowledge these are harbingers of a season change in a few weeks time.

Emily has Quispam coming to visit for the weekend, she has the menu in order, and some social activities in mind. Having her drivers license and apparent free access to the car gives her lots of options and mobility. Rob has an opportunity to visit the Shediac area mid-month for a week. Has a problem, funding the venture, will be interesting to see how he makes out over the next week getting some things completed "he has meant to get at".

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on August 04, 2011


Overcast, a muggy 15C, brisk NE at a steady 15KPH, no gusts. Showers overnight and int he forecast, possible clearing by this evening. A couple of days northerly and more to come, more of a winter scenario than this time of year.

Managed to make the trip to St.John in a four hour turnaround. Lots of folks travelling, a mixture of strangers and locals. Donna's dad managed the trip with not much problem, he loves to go and always a chance to visit on the boat coming and going.

The various crew members still training on the ADVENTURE, she is impressive tied to the wharf. Nothing official, but a peristent rumour has Maiden Voyage set for 11 AUG. Am still working on the Guest List for the trip, but no date recieved as yet.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on August 03, 2011


This morning harbour almost so calm, it is a bit eery.Low overcast, Ross Island reflecting fully across the harbour, temp nice 14C. A little moisture in the forecast.

Thunder rumbled for most of the afternoon, sky was threatning and a few spits of rain, but never materialized to a full blown Tstorm. Clouds certainly had something hid in them almost till dark.

A quick trip to St.John with Donna's dad, annual check of his pacemaker has rolled around once again. He enjoys the trips, but they do take a bit of a toll sometimes, at ninety years guess that is to be expected.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 02, 2011


Sky still ominous from the hours long thunder storm we had overnight, come to about 0330, managed to fall back in the hole with the storm still underway around 0430. Quite a display, and would suggest far from over as yet. Currently calm, clouds indicating that more Tstorms not far off. Weatherman suggesting same for next couple of days.

NEW BRUNSWICK DAY HOLIDAY brought lots of folks to the island, many getting back to the real world on each boat yesterday. Seeing the number of 'strangers from away' travelling one wonders where they put their head down, accomodation very limited more taken out of the system that put in over the past few years.

SAINT CROIX COURIER,a publication from St. Stephen had some glowing articles on the arrival of the ADVENTURE, along with a complimentary editorial on the island and the folks that make up the community.

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MONDAY,AUGUST 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on August 01, 2011


The good weather continues, absolute calm, temp a pleasant 14C, expect to rise into mid 20's,possible threat of Tstorms later on and this evening. Similar forecast for the remainder of the week.

The parade went off very well, with most participants getting in the act, no bands from the mainland. Lots of spectators, floats well done. The weather ideal, almost too hot with temps getting into high 20's. However by time for bed temps great for catching a few winks.

Many folks on the move yesterday,imagine similar traffic loads throughout today.

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