First of all, sorry about the hiatus, we had family Visiting that used the room the computers are in to sleep, and I usually do a lot of my recreational computer activities in the evening. Between the visiting, the reduced computer access and problem with the one update I tried that did not post correctly (since deleted) there has been a bit of a gap.
There has been a great deal of growth in the communities on the north shore of the bay entrance. Finger Bay is expanding, and Laurel Point has seen a growth in industry
<u><span style="font-size: x-large; ">Finger Bay</span></u>
Finger Bay remains one of the most populous communities in the area. In addition to the expanded farming in the area, the communities on both sides of the bay continue to grow. There is fairly strong disagreement on which is the main community and what the name of that community is, but now more people are there to argue about it!
As you can see there are more folks on the east side but more developed farming on the West leading toward Laurel point.
As the road network became more developed and the communities larger not everyone had a watercraft. While the piers and docks were still important for all of these communities, much of the travel between communities was now by horse and wagon. Finger Bay is a popular enough place to live that there is a small but growing number of people who wish to live there but traveled often to work in other communities. The ferry pictured above is one of the first regular ferry that runs mornings and evenings to accommodate these travelers.
<span style="font-size: x-large; "><u>Laurel Point</u></span>
Laurel Point's development was odd in that the road across the the island went straight to the middle rather than following the coast as would be usual, as explained earlier that was the track followed by dried stream beds and game trails. It was also odd in that it had a narrow channel that basically filled during rain or high tides and was muddy the rest of the time making travel difficult for wheeled vehicles, although not for feet and horses.
As the industry on the island grew along with farm output it became less and less convenient to not be able to cross the channel with loaded wheeled vehicles, and the region's first wooden bridge was built. Those who live along both banks of the channel were quite pleased.
What was not anticipated was how quickly this would cause growth on the far side of Laurel Point. Now that it was relatively easy to transport finished goods a small industry based around providing farm implements and, ironically, boat parts grew around the initial foundry on the bay side of Laurel Point. A number of additional homes were built in the last few years to accommodate the larger number of workers here. Because of offshore reefs and rocks, only the smallest canoes and boats can land on the shore, most of the larger vessels still land on the pier near the channel on the far side.
I hope you enjoyed the update! I'll try to post several more over the next few days or on the weekend.<br type="_moz" />