The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 |

From the historic seaport known the world over for her handsome, swift and seaworthy vessels comes the New Lunenburg Schooners, proudly built by Dawson Moreland & Associates Ltd. at The Dory Shop Boatyard in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.

From Shipwrights Known Around The World

For centuries, Lunenburg was renowned for her fleets of Grand Banks fishing schooners – the most awe inspiring fore and aft working sailing vessels ever to put to sea – as well as the capable shipwrights who built them, the riggers and sailmakers who fitted them, and the captains and crews who sailed these fast and able vessels in the North Atlantic. Dawson Moreland & Associates is writing a new chapter in this remarkable faring story with the birth of a new class of traditional cruising schooners.

Original Designs Inspired By Classic Vessels

Original designs inspired by classic vessels from the Age of Sail, the New Lunenburg Schooners are simple, elegant cruising craft, modeled to be extremely seaworthy, sail swiftly, perform boldly and allow their proud owners to live comfortably aboard as they pursue their sailing dreams, whether that’s blue water adventures or cruising along the coast. 

Traditional Boats For Modern Cruising

Lunenburg Schooners are expertly built in the tried and true, time-tested way with stout wooden planks on heavy double-sawn frames, the same techniques that created the famous North Atlantic fishing schooners Bluenose and Bluenose II of Lunenburg and the great schooners of Gloucester but with one significant difference. 

Built From The Finest Timbers

Unlike the fishing schooners of old, which were very practically built from materials near at hand, Dawson Moreland’s builders search the world for the finest durable timbers and strongest fastenings from which to construct our schooners. The resulting efforts ensure these vessels are not only strong and seaworthy but can endure varying climates and conditions, from Northern latitudes to Tropical cruising grounds. 

Introducing The Martha Seabury

It had been nearly 40 years since schooners were built on the waterfront at Lunenburg when Dawson Moreland laid the keels for not one, but two vessels in the fall of 2009. More than sister ships, these 48-footers are exact twins, built side-by-side under the direction of designer and master builder David Westergard in the boatyard alongside the community’s historic Dory Shop. On August 7, 2012, more than 400 people attended the launch of the first of the twin schooners, the Martha Seabury, built for Hollywood actor-adventurer Billy Campbell and named for his late grandmother.

Hull Length – 48 ft
Sparred Length – 61 ft
Beam – 13 ft
Draft – 6.5 ft
Gross Tonnage – 22
Sail Area – 2,760 sq ft
Engine – 50 hp Beta (Kubota)

Twin Sister Still Available

The Martha Seabury’s twin is still available. From an exterior perspective the hull is complete, caulked and painted, with a finished deck, deck structures, ladders to the below, rudder and steering gear. Her interior is an unpainted canvas, awaiting the wishes of her future owner. 

For more information, check out The Twin Schooner Project blog.