Tag Archives: lobsters and creels

2008.46.7

Black and white photograph of a horse-drawn wagon transporting lobster creels at Pictou Island in the early 20th century.

A horse-drawn wagon transporting lobster creels at Pictou Island in the mid-20th century. Lachie Dan MacCallum (1881-1967), great-grandson of the first miller at Cornaig, would have used a similar wagon to haul his gear until he stopped fishing around 1964.

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2008.46.10

Black and white photograph of Lachie Dan MacCallum (1881-1967) with his grandson Ken MacCallum in the 1950s.

Lachie Dan MacCallum (1881-1967), the great-grandson of the first miller at Cornaig, with his grandson Ken MacCallum in Lachie`s lobster boat at Pictou, Nova Scotia around 1958.

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2005.138.1

Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’

Photograph of Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’, in the 1930s.

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Courtesy of Mr Alasdair Sinclair

Neil MacKinnon, holding aloft a lobster, and his brother Donald, both from Brock, are pictured in their skiff, the ‘Tunnag’, in the early 1930s. The old men were very fussy about placing the single-entrance creels precisely so that the entrance faced the rocks where the lobsters were hiding.

Their great-nephew Alasdair Sinclair remembers, as a ten year old boy, having the job of rowing the boat while Neil placed the creels. The ‘Tunnag’ was eight feet wide with long, narrow-bladed oars. While he was trying to manoeuvre the boat, the pernickety old man would be saying, ‘Chan eil sin ceart idir. Feuch a-rithist e!’ (That’s not right at all. Do it again!)

Lobsters often hide inshore at low tide in small crevices in the rocks called ‘faichean’. Knowledge of their whereabouts were kept secret and passed down through the family.

Black and white photograph of Neil and Donald MacKinnon of Brock in the early 1930s.

L-R: Neil MacKinnon of Brock, holding aloft a lobster, and his brother Donald, both from Brock, in the skiff `Tunnag` in the early 1930s. (Neil and Donald were brothers of Alasdair Sinclair`s grandmother.)

2005.138.2

Black and white photograph of William MacKinnon of Brock in the early 1930s.

William MacKinnon of Brock making a lobster creel in the late 1920s or early 1930s. William was the brother of Neil and Donald in photo G191. Taigh Uilleim in Brock is named after him.

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