CANSO: On a wet and foggy afternoon, wreaths and flowers were removed from the Seamen’s Memorial in Canso and transported to Whitman’s Wharf by Lions Ray and Judy White of the Canso Lions Club.
Area fishing and pleasure boats picked up wreaths and joined the lead boat, The Tiger II, with Captain Cory McKenzie for a boat parade.
The 31 boats circled Canso Harbour and left to sail to the faraway buoy in Chedabucto Bay. When all the boats circled around The Tiger II, Reverend Susan Slater from Saint Paul’s United Church gave a special blessing which was broadcast to the boats in the parade.
Following a moment of silence, wreaths were placed at sea by Lion Ray White, Reverend Slater, and Mya, Priscilla and Maria Mackenzie in memory of lost fishermen and women.
Lion Ray White, who is the Seamen’s Memorial Co-Chair, thanked the boat owners for their participation in the 41st annual boat parade and laying wreaths at sea.
Members of the Canso Lions Club were active during the Canso Regatta. The Lions hosted the annual Provincial Seamen’s Memorial Service, decorated a Lions’ float for the parade, and had a booth in the Regatta tent.