A much-loved statue of a small 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 taking up residence there last summer.
Peter Richardson, owner of Peggy’s Cove Lobsters, bought the beloved wood carving for $ 1,000 to lure customers into his lobster roll food truck.
Richardson was devastated when the pipe-smoker and southwest clad sailor disappeared last week.
But on Saturday, a group of Dalhousie University students contacted Richardson saying they had “saved” Shorty from a house, after seeing a CTV report that he was missing.
âWe just wanted to make sure Shorty could return to his rightful owners and to Peggy’s Cove for all tourists,â one of the students told CTV Atlantic.
“We think it was a farce gone wrong,” added another.
Richardson traveled to Halifax on Saturday night to pick up Shorty.
He said the students told him they heard a rumor that a group of guys took the sculpture, so they went to the men while they were away and took it off.
Steps have been taken to secure Shorty and plans are underway for a Mrs. Shorty to be sculpted to keep him company.
“I just spoke on the phone with the girl who sculpted Shorty and I was ordering her to sculpt a Mrs. Shorty, so when Shorty came back he would have someone to watch, keep an eye on him so he didn’t wander away. not. âsaid Richardson.
Richardson had issued a call for Shorty’s return on Facebook and even offered a reward of $ 200.
— With files from The Canadian Press