But a blizzard of international paperwork still stands in the way/.
The pile of paperwork to bring back part of McCurdy's smokehouse from Canada's Campobello Island could disappear as early as Tuesday. Initially, the storm tide surge during the january 4th
Blizzard lifted Mccurdy's long-dormant pickling shed off its' pilings. That day it lodged against a wharf in the bay, but a couple of days later it broke free, drifting into Canadian waters.
"When it floated away, I was absolutely devastated because I know what that McCurdy smokehouse did for this community. It was the economic engine," Heather Henry-Tenan, co-owner of Eastland Motel..
Plans call for the brine or pickling shed to be brought back piece-by-piece from across Quoddy Narrows.
"It will be smaller, but it will be real. It will be intact. It will be authentically correct," said Rachel Rubeor, president of Lubec Landmarks, which is a non-profit trying to preserve local historic buildings.
Portions of the sardine buildings remain intact, but in disrepair along the Lubec shore.Recently, Lubec Landmarks was awarded a grant to preserve McCurdy's pickling shed. Rubeor says watching the pickling shed float away was a surreal
experience. She said, "And it was tons of sea smoke. It was bitterly cold that day. And it was the most uncanny, ghostly appearance.".
Most of the Lubec natives look at the remnants of the sardine smokehouses as the sweat shops they once were. But one local business owner says the sardine processing plants were far from sweat shops.
Henry-Tenana said, "The McCurdy family treated their employees like family. So they were allowed to actually bring their children to work,"
Putting the brine shed jigsaw puzzle together could take months.But Rubeor says restoration of the buildings should be a source of pride for future generations.