Friday, September 23, 2005

The historical neighbourhhod of Port Haney

Radio Haney reports on events in old Haney, the historical district of Maple Ridge, a town of 70,000 on the banks of the Fraser River in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

Monday, September 26, 2005 From our deck this afternoon we spotted a Fraser River Port Authority vessel standing off near the log booms just in front of the house. An old and weathered forestry vessel has been in the neighbourhood for two or three weeks, tied up a the Haney Wharf. Some of the local fishermen complained that the old boat was taking up too much room. Others used it as a fishing platform while casting for the last stragglers of the Fraser River Pink Salmon run. Not a bad year 2005, I even mananged to bag a few. A couple of them are being smoked down at Bruce's Market in the Albion. Lemon Dill and pepper flavoured, I believe.

Anyway, back to the boat. It is not the only apparently abandoned vessel down at the dock which hosts a number of barely floating craft. It is not quite true to say they are abandoned either because, even though they look that way, a frequent visitor to the dock will know that there are signs of life.

So somone must have alerted the Fraser River Port Authority. They stood off for a short while and then moved over to the dock. An officer aboard called out to the fishermen to make room for him as he was going to tie up. They grumbled and then moved. Next thing you know, a couple of regular RCMP cops show up and walk down to the Port Authority boat, board it and disappear into the aft cabin. Something's up at the Port Haney Wharf. For sure.

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