Lester Tate built this shed in 1922, he rigged his gear to fish tons oflobster, scallops, and cod out of the Bay of Fundy over many years, his son Myhron did the same as did Myhron's sons, Mervin, Paul, and Bobby. Mervin's son, Adam Tate helped rebuild the wharf ten years ago before the property fell into the hands of the salmon farming industry. I grew up in and around this shed; in his old age, Lester made model sailing ships for each of his descendants ; Lester's father and grandfather had been captains of sailing schooners in the 19th century transporting salt fish and cement to the Caribbean and returning with rum and molasses.
Four generations of Tate fishermen: Mervin, Myhron, Lester, and Adam ~1978.
Artist Yngve Edward Soderbergh found Lester Tate painting buoys at his shed, The Cavalier is docked at the wharf. This watercolor was published in The New Yorker in the 1940's or 1950's.
Buoy painting moved to the second floor loft where people left their mark on the ceiling. Beware men with wet paintbrushes.
The original ocean-side door; a heavy weight on a string swung the hinges closed with a bang even when the wind blew hard outside.
Lester Tate shares his years of experience salting cod with his grandsons Paul and Mervin.
A litter of wild kittens drew children to the shed in 2010.
Floats from the salmon business are now stored on the wharf. The one on the deck was originally used to hold nets protecting Halifax harbour from U-boats in WWII.
Adam Tate cruises by the wharf he helped build 15 years earlier as a teenager.
When he could no longer go fishing, Lester Tate constructed model boats in the shed - models that actually sailed. Lester built from his memory, his father and grandfather were schooner captains sailing up and down the east coast.
A very high tide. Lester built the shed floor so the water would come up through and not float the building.
View from the Cunningham (Ingalls) house.
On the left is Robert Ingalls new boatbuilding shop and in the middle Bob Cunningham weather shelter. 1980's
Myhron Tate leaves the shed to home to his wife Eunice as his father Lester closes the door. 1970's
Bobby Tate, Bob Cunningham, Adam Tate, and Myhron Tate taking a break from rebuilding the wharf, 1990's.
Lobster boat races in Grand Harbour in the 1970's.
Salmon industry gear in the early 2000's.