Because of Covid-19 restrictions, we were unable to have the Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony in 2020. However, this year we are happy to announce that we will hold the ceremony on Sunday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Blaine Harbor. The only difference from previous years will be that it will be held outside at gate 2, so everyone can socially distance and wear a mask.
When I look back, we had the blessing at the Sawtooth Dock and the end of the pier for over 20 years in all kinds of weather. So, we will take a step back in time and dress warmly once more.
The agenda will be the same with music and dignitaries. We will recognize the 40 fishers who have been lost at sea and whose names are on the memorial plaque. We will also recognize those fishers who have passed away since the last Blessing of the Fleet in May 2019.
In the last 18 months or so, we were able to complete the restoration of the Fisherman’s Tabletop and now have it hanging in the conference room by the harbor office.
We also had the engraving on the memorial plaque brought up to date. Bay Engraving in Bellingham did the work.
As we have in the past, we are offering a $500 scholarship for the ninth year in a row to one Blaine High School senior who is connected to the fishing industry.
On behalf of the Fisherman’s Memorial Committee, we look forward to seeing you. Please mask up so we can protect each other. We will see you on May 2 at 1:30 p.m., rain or shine – keep an umbrella handy.