Local businesses donated coffee, tea, and donuts to the committee for the family and friends of the fishermen, who came out in the November cold to wish their loved ones a safe and prosperous season. The Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society continue the tradition year after year and attendance continues to grow. In 2006, with the addition of the Mug Up Tea Room in the lightkeeper's original dining room and an on-site manager, the event grew even larger.
In the tea room, a continental buffet was served that included warm, homemade bread pudding with caramel sauce, homemade biscuits and preserves, assorted muffins, a basket of red delicious apples, and coffee and tea. People began arriving at 4:30 a.m. and by 6:00 a.m., 200-250 people had arrived to watch this parade of lights at sea as the boats set out in search of the best fishing grounds.
As the people gathered on site, Roger Nickerson, a local retired lobster fisherman, prepared to deliver a blessing of the fleet at 5:45 a.m. It was heard by both guests and fishermen alike. Through a portable VHS, he was able to reach the fishermen on their boats as they steamed to the end of the Cape. CJLS, the local radio station, broadcasted live from the lighthouse to cover this memorable day.
At exactly 6:00 a.m., as the boats began to steam out, onlookers shone their flashlights and head lights in a show of support. Some of the boats replied with their own flashing lights. As many bowed their heads in prayer, the boats disappeared over the horizon.
The tradition continues, and on each Dumping Day the Friends of the Yarmouth Light Society and staff invite the public to come and watch the boats as they leave the harbour at 6:00 a.m. sharp. Together, we bless the fleet as they depart in search of the Canada's most valuable seafood.