Day 3 - Beverly MA - Yarmouth NS
Phil, Di and Annelise
Tue 17 Jul 2018 17:33
The night becomes day but without respite -the mist persists. No choice but to enter the inlet of Yarmouth bay and approach the harbour through the thick mist. With only paper charts to mark off the buoyed passage, we crept slowly from one side of the channel to the other, land masses appearing in the near distance and disappearing again in the mist. We slip slowly and silently past Bunker Island and Yarmouth Bar before sighting trawlers on the harbour wharf. A call to the marina and a helping hand to guide us to the dockside . tied up at last - Killam Brothers Marina in the heart of historic downtown Yarmouth. Literally! According to the ship's chart-plotter we were well on dry-land (no Canadian electronic charts loaded) - traditional paper charts had served us well in finding our reserved slip!
After a customs inspection, we were cleared to step ashore. But first a rest and then an explore of Yarmouth. Plenty of historic site markers and information boards, a two-man band playing at the park bandstand (although no-one listening), the high street mostly deserted . a quiet town shrouded in the mist. History records a mixture of people have inhabited Yarmouth - Mi'kmaq called the palce "keepongwitk" meaning "land's end". France's Samuel de Champlain named a fishing village Cape Forchu in 1604 and Arcadians exiled Grand-Pre returned to settle here. At one time, Yarmouth was a thriving shipbuilding centre and seaport (to the U.S.), today only some fishing industry has remained.
However, Rudders restaurant and bar, alongside the marina, was busy - good food and local craft beers (as sampled)! A dockside BBQ - fighting off the seagulls (nearly lost a pork chop!) rounded off the day.
Phil and Di