Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet

On an unusually cold, grey day we saw a substantial crowd gather to join in a blessing of Nelson’s fishing fleet. This ceremony, which has been going for a little over ten years now, remembers those who have lost their lives at sea and is a real acknowledgement of the importance of the seafood industry for Nelson.

Churchmen of various denominations were there to provide the blessings:

along with a brass band

along with the Nelson Male Voice Choir plus a student choir from a local school:

My Rotary Club was busy preparing lunches.  A box of chips, a scallop and a beautiful pice of fish for only $3!  We had quite a production line to meet the demand.

Some about-to-be-satisfied customers:

The professionals were there, showing us just how quickly they can produce superb fillets:

Most of the seafood was provided by Talleys:

In spite of the cold weather, a great day!  (The big trawlers were conspicuously absent – apparently conditions at sea were too good to be missed.)


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