We were tied up alongside a fishery wharf in northern Newfoundland when the roar of powerful engines brought us tumbling up from below to see two seine boats attached stern to stern by a thick line and both at full throttle.
Now I have heard of truck pulls in the USA and our own Nova Scotia has ox pulls, but a boat pull is a new one on me. It turns out that the boat on the right has always been able to out pull the one on the left, but the erstwhile loser had just repowered with a larger engine. Ostensibly to be more efficient at its primary job of quickly encircling a school of herring by pulling the seine net out from the mother ship—but we all know the real reason for the repower, don’t we?
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