Aboard the Irish Lass:
Lobster Fishing in the Maritimes
Photography By Dan MacDonald
Aboard the Irish Lass is a brief photo-documentary. It is an 8 inch x 6 inch softcover book containing 34 pages with 44 original photographs. The images illustrate various aspects of lobster fishing as well as some of the scenery along the way. The accompanying text describes certain fishing operations. As I state in the prologue, "It is not my intention to present a comprehensive study of lobster fishing or the lobster fishing industry. However, I do hope the photographs and the brief descriptions accompanying some of them are representative of both lobster fishing and, especially, the lobster fishermen."
Although this book is more directly related to my photography than my genealogical research, I still feel it's rather relevant to include it here. Lobster fishing is a traditional industry in the Maritime provinces, and fishing itself is an occupation in which many of our forebears toiled. In my own case, my ancestors were not fishermen but were involved in the processing and export of lobster, shellfish and other products from both the sea around Prince Edward Island as well the soil of the Island itself.
Aboard the Irish Lass began as a self-assignment - a personal project that would allow me to both witness in-shore lobster fishing firsthand as well as photograph it. The project began in June of 2010, and the last images used for the book were taken a year later, in June of 2011. Only a handful of images appear in the book. More extensive galleries may be viewed in the "Projects section of my Zenfolio site. The photographs themselves were recorded using both film and digital camera technology. Pictures were taken aboard two separate fishing vessels, one working the Bay of Fundy near Saint John, NB, and the other working the Northumberland Strait between Cap-Pelé, NB and Cape Egmont, PEI. Both vessels were owned and operated by friends of mine, Terry Sandell and his brother, Randy.
Despite the publication of the book early this summer, the project itself is on-going. I hope to continue making trips with the Sandell Brothers, at least two or three times a year, for the next several years.
The book may be ordered online using the links below. The cost of the book is $35 Canadian including shipping and handling within Canada and the US. Overseas customers should contact me prior to placing an order.
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