GRAND MANAN, N.B.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on April 30, 2014

Weather continues to be cool @2C, a breeze from the north, not much improvement in temp mid single digits for the high, some indication the sun will show up for awhile. Rain tomorrow, sun and some moderation in temps for the weekend, but nothing other than low double digits in the forecast.

Full tides this past few days have allowed winkles to be harvested, and the odd clammer in evidence infront of the house. Nantucket remains open with lots of clams, but no reports of too many harvesting, a bit difficult to get at and the weather has not been great for travelling on the water in an open boat.

Work has started on repairing the ADVENTURE, speculation is she will be back on the run by the weekend. The V, as far as I am aware, still slated to be in drydock in NFLD by mid=May, her stay not overly long, however one will have it in the back of his mind what happens if the ADVENTURE goes down.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 29, 2014


There is a bit of change in weather pattern this morning, some blue sky attempting to show through the clouds, remains cool at 2C, wind still from NE 20-25KPH, wind remains strong with some increase for the remainder of the day. Same conditions for tomorrow with rain after for a couple of days then cool and cloudy once again toward and including the weekend.

A solitary goose patrolling the lawn near the shore again this morning, was there for awhile yesterday, apparently has lost his mate. Time for them to be nesting, even if the weather is not co-operating.

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MONDAY, APRIL 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 28, 2014


Damp and cool the order of the day, a temp of 3C being moved by northerly 20-25KPH with a high temp of 7C, and NE breeze 45-50KPH and light rain makes for a dull day. Most of the week looks poor with the odd sunny break, but no great increase in temps coming our way, will be May in a few days, with no spring in evidence as yet.

The numbers of brant making their way into the harbour is on the increase, quite a few at the tide line this morning, whatever they need to sustain themselves must be available. Heard a number of geese honking yesterday they soon will be nesting, as time is moving along.

Lobster catch a bit better in quantity and quite a bit better in prices for the same period last year. However price is beginning to drop as the number of traps increase, still over the $6/lb level.

BERNICE is now mobile, left on last boat yesterday, Rob is now whole once again, it has been a struggle with no wheels for those weeks, but never had anymore cash than he usually does when BERNICE was mobile.

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SUNDAY, ARPIL 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on April 27, 2014


Weather as forecast, cool and damp, overcast with showers not too far away, 3C temp may increase a few degrees, not expected to make double digits. Wind from the north picking up as the day moves along similar conditions for most of the upcoming week.

Managed to make a small dent in the woodpile, however will not be a day to play with the stuff today, too wet. Thought might be done with the need for a fire, by dark last evening not the case, a few more sticks used, not many fires left in the seasoned wood.

BERNICE has been going steady this weekend, making up for lost miles I suppose, he returns to St. John on the last trip this evening.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on April 26, 2014

Calm, clear and cool, indication of forecasted cloud cover and showers by this evening is going to take place. Temp near the freezing mark, will make it near double digits on the plus side by this afternoon, forecast for next few days similar with showers in the forecast but temps slowly improving.

Large number of brant infront of the house yesterday at suppertime, certainly were conversing with one another, flock gradually increased to several hundred before they departed for the night, great to see and hear.

Rob has been reunited with BERNICE, Inspection Sticker has made her legal, didn't see much of him once he got off the boat. The respectful few minutes to catch up on his week, then he had to take one of his buddies for a tour.

Prior to the weather getting wet has been suggested there are some groundwork that can be looked at, also have the majority of the woodpile to split and stow, great to have something to do.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 25, 2014


A cool morning, temp at the freezing mark with a strong northerly 25-30KPH giving a feeling of -6C, overcast, sun attempting to make an appearance. Led to believe we will have clearing and temps near double digits by this afternoon, similar for tomorrow with a possible temp in double digits, albeit low, rain for Sunday. Certainly not gardening weather for the next while.

Lobster catch must be on the increase, price on the decline, this week dropped nearly a dollar, now in the $6/lb range. At this price the catch is being shipped, nothing being placed in the tank houses, will be a large capacity to fill once that begins.

Rob home this evening, parts for BERNICE have arrived, she is in the yard of the garage waiting to be made whole again. He has been on hoof for a month and a half, amazed he hasn't been more vocal about his lack of wheels.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 24, 2014


Forecast remains correct, a cool 2C with a NW breeze 20KPH giving a temp on the minus side, showers till this evening, clear for Fri. and Sat. more rain for Sunday. The warmer temps once again alluding the forecast with no indication of double digit plus temps for next several days at least.

Boats have been tied up with wind being a factor these last few days, however the price and catch levels remains to the liking of those capturing the critters. Weir building activity still low key, with nothing going on infront of the island, haven't heard of any building on back of the island either.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 23, 2014

A 7C temp, in fog and rain with a southerly draft this morning, temp to try and find double digits, but rain and wind will make it difficult to rise much. Similar conditions in the forecast for tomorrow, a couple of days of good weather then moisture for long-range, April showers taking a long-time to manifest themselves this year.

Fishery news remains fairly static, catch not too bad and prices remain where the fisherman can make a profit, however with the huge increases in fuel costs another financial hit in achieving the bottom line now in play greater than ever. Overnight increases in some parts of Canada up eight cents per litre. Our price will in the $1.50 range when prices are adjusted tomorrow.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 22, 2014

A better temp this morning at 6C, calm, hazy, a slight draft from SW, temp to make into double digits by this afternoon with an increase in the air flow. Rain for next couple of days, weekend appearing to be looking pretty nice, still temps reluctant to climb into the teens during the day.

Near high water at daylight, a large number of brant patrolling infront of the house, a first for this spring, numbers not masses that have been in the past, hopefully they are just beginning to show up in the harbour. A sign of spring we will take albeit rather late on the calendar.

Donna and Emily had a successful day doing a bit of Cross Border Shopping, and exploring what St. Stephen had to offer as well. Travel on the boat not hectic either trip, Rob returned to his abode on last boat last evening, BERNICE in the yard, requires more suspension work to acquire the Inspection Sticker, getting it done at ITR, hopefully will be ready for him by end of the week.

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MONDAY, APRIL 21/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:23 AM GMT on April 21, 2014

Dull sky this morning, supposed to be cloudy periods for the next couple of days, temp 2C it is suggesting might make it to double digits. Similar weather till mid week then a couple of days of moisture, however have increased the daytime highs to near and including double digits for most of the week.

Final day of a four day weekend, plan is to work in the woodpile and some other suggestions around the yard that need attention. I have been reminded they won't look after themselves for some reason or another.

Rob to head back to school some time today, the exact trip not decided as yet.

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EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on April 20, 2014

Bright, at the freezing level, NW draft making it even cooler, not expected to get much warmer as the day moves along. Remaining similar for next couple of days, no double digit temps and moisture by midweek.

Managed to get the last of the lengths of wood sawed to stove length, now to split and stack to complete the process. Doubtful if any residual wood to carry over till fall, a very small amount remains, seems everyday stove his lit for a few hours to stave off the cold.

A few boats at it yesterday, would have been a good day on the water, no word on what the catch has been like this past week.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 19/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on April 19, 2014

Calm, cloudy, temp barely on the plus side, told we will sun with clouds as the day moves along, temp to near double digits by this afternoon. Similar conditions till mid week, no great advances in the temp for daytime highs, warmer weather still not in the forecast for awhile yet.

Managed to get the woodpile down to a couple of hours of chunking the long sticks, and a bit split and stowed, will be a few hours getting the chore complete.

A number of the boats took advantage of the better weather yesterday and spent the day on the water, a few crates evident at the lobster car.

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GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on April 18, 2014

A bright sunny day in commence, however temp a -3 not to rise above mid single digits on the plus side as the day moves along. Calm with a northerly flow expected later in the day, conditions to remain similar for next day or so, might be a better temp on Easter Sunday, however expecting sun to be the order of the day.

BERNICE in the yard, Rob made it on the late boat, it was late going on midnight before he made it in the yard. Boat busy on all trips and gradually fell behind, the V doesn't load and unload or able to make up time as is the ADVENTURE.

Cool temps will make it easier to or at least more difficult to justify not manufacturing the woodpile, have had a few hours, and making progress, but bulk remains to be done.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 17, 2014

Clear, after that statement things change, temp -4C being pushed by a 15-20KPH northerly breeze making it feel like -10C. Temp to rise mid single digits with sun, slight moderation in temps for the next few days, but double digits on the plus side not evident for next several days.

We made a quick trip to Fredericton yesterday via air, during the morning had the complete repertoire of weather conditions, rain, freezing rain, snow, by noon had cleared with strong NW breeze. Flight a bit bumpy in a few spots, but had great view of the island on return home. The water around Fredericton high, an emergency situation from flooding in various communities in the Province, Bonny River once again looking to cause problems in the St. George area.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 16, 2014


A cool 3C, rain being pushed around by breeze 20-25KPH from NW, rain to persist combined with dropping temps for remainder of the morning. Sun supposed to be around by afternoon, however temps will continue to decline to near the freezing mark. Remainder of the week and weekend looking a bit better with sun, temps in high single digits.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE remains on the side, earliest can be expected back in service is the end of the month. Replacement part literally under construction, will be shipped from mid-west U.S.A. first of next week. The V didn't make her final trips of the day yesterday due to weather conditions, high southerlies the culprit.

BERNICE slated to be released today, the level of anticipation has been rising each day this week, something akin to Christmas I suspect.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 15, 2014

Mostly cloudy, calm, a nice temp @12C, things to change as the day unfolds, high southerly wind with a rainfall warning issued for late afternoon and overnight. Weatherman hedging his bets on the nice weather he promised, a bit of everything from cold temps, snow and ice pellets over the next few days, Easter Weekend traditionally a poor weather time of the year.

Latest word on BERNICE, is she will be liberated by end of class today, could feel the relief in the txt, no one speaks on the phone nowdays.

GRAND MANAN V seems to be handling the traffic, soon will be time for smolts to be travelling, large number to enter the water this spring. Once they start will be several weeks getting them delivered, lots of traffic coming and going on most trips of the day.

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MONDAY, APRIL 14/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on April 14, 2014

Warmer this morning @ 8C, foggy, SW15-20KPH, weatherman suggesting clearing but no change in the wind direction, will have to see about the clearing. Temps to rise into double digits and stronger breeze by this afternoon. Nice temps and mostly clear weather forecast for the week.

Rob returned last boat yesterday, had a ride with Abbie. He expects/hopes to be mobile today or tomorrow. Long Easter Weekend will be home Thursday evening till Monday, providing BERNICE is on the road.

Tractor Trailer went by this morning, a few lobsters being shipped, at this price stopping at the Tank House not an option.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on April 13, 2014

A nice sunrise this morning, being overtaken by cloudy skies, precursor to the moisture later on today. A slight northerly draft, temp 2C, rain and temps near double digits for today, similar weather on and off for most of the new week.

Managed to get into the wood splitting yesterday, still some of the eight footers to manufacture, but good to have an alternative to play with. Six cord to be split and stowed will take a bit of time, and will to get at it, the get at it might take some time.

Fleet hard at it yesterday, most boats out, by the looks of the crates some of the critters are being captured.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:20 AM GMT on April 12, 2014

Overcast, calm, a bit of drizzle, beginning to clear, temp 4C, will rise into double digits with sun by this afternoon. Similar conditions for tomorrow, moisture to begin the new week.

Rob home on the 5:30PM, still without BERNICE, however her makeover nearly complete a couple hours in the shop and she will be on the road again. He is quite anxious to make it happen, and be mobile again.

Lobster price remains good $7.50lb, the halibut quota caught fairly quickly, a few days and shutdown a tally to see if any of the quota remains, likely be summer months before an opportunity to try it again. Forty boats and a few halibut each doesn't take long to land 40T

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 11, 2014

Overcast, a brisk southerly insuring the forecast showers for this morning are not too far distant. Temp a modest 7C, clearing with temps in the double digits by this afternoon, a shift in the wind direction to northerly nice looking weekend in the forecast.

Rob enroute home this weekend, has a ride regardless, hopefully BERNICE may be out of the shop, if not by first of next week works is the schedule. Parts are on just the finishing touches are required.

GRAND MANAN V will be on the run for the next while, no definitive date for replacement part for the ADVENTURE other than possible in mid-west USA on 21 APR 14.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 10, 2014

A grand sunrise this morning, bright sun, calm, a cool -3C, temp to rise high single digits on plus side, wind from SW 45-50KPH this afternoon. Temps improving over the weekend with rain in the forecast for Saturday.

More traps hitting the water, weather permitting, haven't learned what price or catch has been like this past little while.

Rivers entering the Bay will soon be fast and furious, ice beginning to move in some locations, and threat of flooding very real. Brant making their way in the harbour in the evenings, geese and ducks also very evident, good to see some life as the weather improves.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 09, 2014

Overcast, calm, temp 3C will rise mid single digits, clear, a draft from NW expected as the day moves along, similar conditions for the next day or so.

Quite a swell making up on the Ross Island Shore, lots of wind yesterday no doubt the culprit. The Grand Manan V suspended service mid afternoon due to weather, however made the last trips at 7PM from North Head. The ADVENTURE still down, no definitive word on time table for her return, however will be a matter of at least a couple of weeks rather than a few days.

Rob becoming a bit anxious week is getting by and no BERNICE under him as yet, but nearing final completion. If he is mobile plan is to be home for the weekend.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on April 08, 2014

The heavy weather forecast is arriving, rain, eatery 25-30KPH, at the moment. Heavy rain 40-50mm, combined with high SE winds the order of the day, letting up this evening, with the remainder of the week giving mostly sun with nice temps.

No indication when the ferry will be up and running or if the damaged part has been located. Apparently a turbo not an item carried at Canadian Tire, locate and have transported to Blacks Harbour will be the first item of business to have the ADVENTURE back on the run.

Fishery will be quiet for at least today, yesterday a number of traps on the move offshore after a few weeks on shore.

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MONDAY, APRIL 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on April 07, 2014

A nice looking sunrise over Ross Island, red sky, total calm, temp 2C to rise near double digits and remain clear for today. A Rainfall Warning issued for tomorrow, moving in from the west, at least is not snow. Remainder of the weather week looking good with nice temps and sunshine.

Rob returned on last trip last evening, seemed to enjoy his touch with home base, has been a month since last visit. He is anxious to have BERNICE back, with hopes he will drive her home next weekend.

Donna off to St. John to assist her friend in making some purchases for some renovations ongoing in their home.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:11 AM GMT on April 06, 2014

A grand looking morning, temp on the plus side, sunny, a westerly draft 15-20KPH keeping the clouds away. Temp to make it to high single digits, decline every so slight overnight, similar tomorrow, some moisture on Tuesday with remainder of the week looking good.

Rob persevered, made the run last evening, GRAND MANAN V mobile by 6PM, she was packed with vehicles and passengers making their way home. He is hanging around till last trip this evening, catching up on what's going on, hasn't been here for a month. He hopes BERNICE will be mobile by weeks end.

The timeline for repairs to the ADVENTURE unknown at this time. First challenge seems to be the location and delivery of a new turbocharger.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:25 AM GMT on April 05, 2014

April weather, albeit a bit cool, SE15-20KPH breezing will be 50-60KPH by this afternoon. Rain all day, temp currently 1C to rise mid single digits. Rain to be steady till this evening, cloudy, clear and mild tomorrow, with more of the same to start the week, possible moisture by mid week, but temps looking good, might allow the stove a respite for a few hours a day.

ADVENTURE beginning to live up to her name, engine trouble has put her off the run as of yesterday at 5PM. Service had to be suspended GRAND MANAN V will be on the run this afternoon at 1:30PM, with the forecasted high winds certainly will not be the comfortable ride the ADVENTURE provides in such weather conditions. To early to tell how long she will be off the run or exactly what the problem is, initial word is another turbo-charger, would be third since she come on the run less than three years past, and second within a few weeks.

Rob had bummed a ride home and back for the weekend, spent the night with his ride in St. Stephen, will be on the run this afternoon. Quite an adventure getting home for a few hours.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 04, 2014

Another morning not howling wind, calm, sun doing away with some morning haze, temp slightly below the freezing mark, remaining clear with temps to attempt high single digits on the plus side. A slight draft from north will gradually work to south via easterly then SE a harbinger of damp weather for tomorrow.

Rob still on foot, BERNICE has had some hours in the shop, plan is to be mobile next week. He appears to be making the best of his class getting around and visiting most evenings.

No evidence of waterfowl this morning, lots around yesterday, spring may finally make an appearance.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 03, 2014

FINALLY some spring like weather to start the day, cloudy with sunny breaks, total calm, temp moving to the plus side, mid single digits by this afternoon. Possible rain showers, clearing overnight, sunny and warmer for tomorrow, still a damp weekend suggested.

The harbour mill pond calm, waterfowl evident, geese in the classic V formation showed up last evening, a small flock of brant made their way at the same time. This morning, many robins and sparrows attempting to find something to eat wherever some grass is poking through the snow cover.

Fisherman heading for the wharf starting going by here 0300HRS, has been a week, at least, since gear has been overhauled, time to at least change the bait.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 02, 2014

Wind has finally relented only NE 25-35KPH this morning, gradual swing to the west and slight decrease to bring clearing skies, a hint of warmer temps over next few days. Temp currently -3C will rise to slightly on the plus side by afternoon. Next few days clear and milder, with rain forecast for the weekend.

Ferry hasn't missed a beat, yesterday northerly 40 knot wind, plus, she maintained her schedule with no problem. The V wouldn't have made some of the crossings due to sea conditions.

Fishery pretty well shutdown till weather straightens out, possibly by tomorrow, warmer, a change in wind direction and clear will allow them to give it a shot.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Mother Nature continues to have a sense of humour on this April Fools Day. Overcast, wind still howling from the north @ 30-35KPH to strengthen to near 60KPH or better before slacking off this evening. Temps might stagger over the freezing mark over the next day or so, better temps and sun by end of the week, with showers expected for the weekend.

Heavy sleet down covering the yard, no reports what is going on with mainland conditions. Rob mentioned things in St. John not very pleasant with high winds, freezing rain and sleet also last evening. Bernice still waiting her turn to get out of the shop.

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