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Toby Chipman’s lobster boat, Minnie M, is blown onto the Pound Road in Bunker’s Harbor along with a shack, totes, and debris from multiple wharves.

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Flotsam from the storm.

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From a distance.

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Toby Chipman (right) with friend and fellow fisherman, John “Jocko” Temple. That day, Toby more than deserved the beer he was drinking!

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Strewn traps in a bed of seafoam.

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A glimpse of the mayhem and extensive damage to gear and area wharves.

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One of a number of damaged wharves.

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Dana Rice, retired fisherman and owner of D.B. Rice Fisheries surveys the storm damage and oversees repairs along this busy working waterfront.

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Man signals news team in helicopter as they survey damage on the peninsula.

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Day after the first storm with water receding.

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Reflection

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I went back to Bunker’s wharf the following day and Minnie M had already been recovered and was up on jacks so repairs could be done.

Toby tells me, Yeah, she’s got a hole but I can do a fiberglass patch – just not today!”

I was astonished at just how quickly they had moved to rescue her.

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The bulk of the second storm took place during the day. I made rounds throughout the peninsula to see what was happening. It rained like crazy and by now I was sopping wet along with my camera. I’d given up on wiping off droplets settling on the lens. As I drove near the home of my friends Marilyn and Joan, I wondered how they were doing. I hesitated then thought better of stopping in – what could I do but track in mud? I took this picture instead.