As all great traditions have great stories, here is ours:
“Sea cones Ice Cream Boat” or “Ole Aub” as it was formally known, was built in 1987 by Belliveau Shipyard, Lower East Pubnico for Captain Shawn Sears of Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia. Captain Sears ordered “Ole Aub” to be constructed with its unique round widows and named in honor of his father-in-law, Aubrey Nickerson.
These were two requests not normally commissioned for a fishing vessel. Round windows were unheard of, and a boat`s name was typically awarded to the female gender. However, this was in keeping with Captain Sears character; thinking outside the box. He had previously owned a boat painted with one side black and the other red. Though his wife Sherry won`t divulge the reason, one can only imagine.
For 20 years, ”Ole Aub” fished off the coast of Sou`West Nova Scotia for ground fish, lobster and swordfish before it was retired in 2007. Once it was placed on shore, the wheelhouse was dissembled and stripped
of the running gear to outfit its new replacement, the “Miss Ally”. Later years, after the “Miss Ally” had been sold, tragedy struck Captain Sears' small community of Woods Harbour, when she was lost at sea with 5 young fishermen aboard on February 17th, 2013.
For 7 years “Ole Aub`s” hull sat in Captain Sears' yard, waiting to be refurbished and put back to use on the sea.
On October 3rd, 2014, new owners, John and Bobbie Taylor purchased “Ole Aub” with a distinctive idea in mind. They contracted a local boat shipper to transport the hull (by way of truck) over 210 km to its final destination in Halls Harbour.
After a great deal of creative thinking, a hole was dug deep enough to “plant” the 45 ft vessel in the ground to stabilize the ship. You see, digging a hole large enough to house such a craft was no easy task, when you live on a mountain. Millions of years of rock ledge made digging very difficult. It took two 20 ton excavators and an 18 ton bulldozer to position the 40,000 ton vessel in its final resting spot.
Once the ship was secure, John went to work designing and rebuilding the “wheelhouse” back to its former glory. It was by luck, that Captain Sears had kept the original four front round windows of “Ole Aub”; this gave John a template he could use to re-insert them.
A fresh coat of the original yellow paint was eventually applied; covering up the once familiar name and silhouettes. “Sea Cones Ice Cream Boat” was then outfitted with her present title, and put back to work as a newly established Ice Cream Parlour, as she is known today.
“Though this ship will never sail rough waters again, she will rest easy
on-shore; waiting for the safe return of her passengers”.