Ronnie Anderson grand marshal of Pictou Lobster Carnival
Ronald Anderson was born into a fishing family from the shores of Caribou. Some may say that he was born with fishing in his blood, but that might also be said about farming, building boats, and boat racing.
Ronnie was born of Scottish descent to John Wilfred and Cathleen (MacLean) in 1936. Three generations of boat building started with Wilfred at his boat shop, on the family homestead in Braeshore. With his father, Ronnie and his brothers would go to the woods, cut down trees, and haul them back to the boat shop by horse and wagon. They would use spruce for the planking, yellow birch for the keel and stern, and ash, oak, or juniper for the timbers. Hard work was a common characteristic growing up in the Anderson family.
For some people, fishing and working on the water is as natural to them as walking. In these days, children were often found aboard their fathers’ boats from an early age. A memory Ronnie still holds dear is being on board his father’s boats with his head not reaching above the washboards.