A much-loved statue of a short sailor – believed to have been stolen in a college prank – has been returned to his home.
One of Nova Scotia’s most photographed anglers, Shorty has been a popular attraction in scenic Peggy’s Cove since making his home there last summer.
Peter Richardson, owner of Peggy’s Cove Lobsters, bought the beloved wood carving for $1,000 to lure customers to his lobster food truck.
Richardson was devastated when the pipe-smoking, sou’wester-wearing sailor went missing last week.
But on Saturday, a group of Dalhousie University students contacted Richardson to say they had ‘rescued’ Shorty from a house, after seeing a CTV report that he was missing.
“We just wanted to make sure Shorty could return to his rightful owners and to Peggy’s Cove for all tourists,” one of the students told CTV Atlantic.
“We think it was a prank gone wrong,” added another.
Richardson flew to Halifax on Saturday night to pick up Shorty.
He said the students told him they heard a rumor that a group of guys had taken the sculpture, so they went to the men’s house while they were away and removed it.
Steps have been taken to secure Shorty and plans are underway to have a Mrs. Shorty sculpted to keep her company.
“I just hung up the phone with the girl who sculpted Shorty and asked her to sculpt a Mrs. Shorty, so when Shorty comes back he’ll have someone to watch out for, keep an eye on him so he doesn’t get lost. don’t get lost,” Richardson said.
Richardson had posted a call for Shorty’s return on Facebook and even offered a $200 reward.
— With files from The Canadian Press