The Price of Fish: Remembering the F/V Miss Ally
This isn’t the first time I’ve posted about fishermen lost at sea. It won’t be the last.
Such is the nature of our profession. More than a profession: every time we leave the dock, we throw the dice because, for so many of us, this is a life we love beyond all rationale or reason. Looking into the photos of the five young — so young! — Nova Scotia fishermen lost, I recognize that ferocious love. But that doesn’t help the families left behind.
Neither does this candle, nor this meditation on the true price of fish. Yet grieving is ritualistic. When loss at sea becomes so familiar as to feel inevitable, I turn to these rites.
Rest in peace, Captain Katlin Nickerson, Billy Jack Hatfield, Joel Hopkins, Steven Cole Nickerson, and Tyson Townsend. My heart goes out to your families and communities.