Video about the Irish Moss harvest.

Community Museums Association of Prince Edward Island.

© Community Museum Association of Prince Edward Island, 2005. All rights reserved.


From early summer to late fall the Irish Moss harvesters are hard at work. And what the boats can’t get or miss, shore harvesters try their hand at it. Hauling a smaller rake behind them, the shore harvesters walk the beach towing for the moss. Moss is also harvested by animal. This one-horse power model is towing a medium-sized rake. Irish Moss harvesting, because it involves young and old, male and female, is considered a family tradition on Prince Edward Island.

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