The Blessing of the Fleet

Blessing of the Fleet, L. Kane's Shore in the background

Blessing of the Fleet

The blessing of the fleet, “is a tradition that began centuries ago in Mediterranean fishing communities. The practice began predominantly Catholic, but is now practiced by all Christians as a blessing from the local priest and pastors that is meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. In most ports, the event was brought by immigrants who held strongly to their Christian religious beliefs. The events that are part of the ritual vary by community and range from a simple ceremony to a multi-day festival.” (From Wikipedia.)

Hoonah has celebrated the blessing of the fleet for many generations as a memorial and protection for its fishermen.