Schooner building at The Dory Shop
the first time in 30 years, there are schooners 'abuilding on the
famed waterfront at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. And it’s
taking place right here at The Dory Shop.
Dawson Moreland & Associates, parent
company to The Dory Shop, is currently building not one, but two
48-foot schooners in the best of Maritime traditions. These 'twins'
will be built simultaneously, frame for frame, plank for plank,
between the historic fish stores in which we build our famed dories
and other small boats.
One of the schooners has already been sold to Hollywood
actor/adventurer Billy Campbell and the second is available for sale.
Inquiries can be directed to The
Dory Shop or please read on
for more information.
old is new again
many, many years, the sight of schooners under construction at shipyards
around this harbor was so commonplace that even today, Lunenburg remains
known the world over for her fleets of white-winged sailing ships and
the abilities of her marine tradespeople.
The replicas of the Bounty,
Bluenose and HMS Rose, the expedition vessel Wanderbird
and the world-voyaging sail training ship, the Barque Picton Castle,
all sailing today, were crafted by the area’s
shipwrights, blacksmiths, sail, spar and block makers. Together, they
still make Lunenburg the place to build or refit a ship, and launch
The Schooner Project, as people around here are calling it,
is designed to celebrate this proud part of Lunenburg’s heritage
while also creating present-day activity on the waterfront. But it’s
in no way a subsidized venture.
Just like the vessels of years ago,
construction will be financed by the selling of shares. Instead of
banking on the proceeds of the vessels’ catch, however, these
shareholders will earn returns upon the schooners’ completion
and sale. In the meantime, investors will be contributing to the restoration
of The Dory Shop Boatyard as the wooden boat building and repair facility
it has been for so long and assisting with a key component of efforts
to revitalize the Working Waterfront of Lunenburg.
new schooners will be beautiful, simple, elegant cruising craft, modeled
to sail swiftly and stand up to a stiff offshore breeze.
Built the old-fashioned way, from the
half-model pictured here, they will have the outward profile of the
classic North Atlantic fishing schooner and will draw upon Maritime
traditions best exemplified in the legendary Tancook Schooners, working
craft a number of which sail today as yachts and which heavily influenced
designers and builders like David Stevens, George Stadel, John Alden
and William Roue.
“Our objective is to combine the best of all worlds,” says project
director, Capt. Daniel Moreland, “to draw upon the legacy of Nova
famous Tancook schooners; respectful appreciation for the sweetest of
the Alden schooners; to establish the exquisite profile of the loveliest
of the tradition of North Atlantic fishing schooners and to join all this
with the swiftness of the fastest, the sea-keeping qualities of the blue-water
proven and the onboard comfort of the coziest in the fleet.”
A new class of schooners
enterprise will also inaugurate and establish a new class of fine sailing
vessels that can genuinely compete with one another while racing and will
otherwise enjoy the many benefits of being part of a close fraternity
of vessels and sailors.
Only the finest
materials will be used: white oak, tropical hardwoods, copper and bronze
fastenings. And all will be fashioned with the legendary craftsmanship
for which Lunenburg and Nova Scotia are well known.
The twin schooner keels are fashioned of Mountain Gormier harvested from
the jungles of Grenada by the crew of the world-voyaging Barque Picton
Castle, working with officials of the Grenadian Forestry Service. You
can view a video - Block
and Tackle - of the crew's adventures as they fell this enormous tree,
mill it, then haul two 3000-pound timbers through two miles of jungle
just to get to a road.
The timbers were then loaded aboard the ship for
the 1,700-mile journey north to Lunenburg.
Who's leading the Schooner
Moreland & Associates is a Nova Scotia company
actively engaged in ship rigging, vessel outfitting and boat building
in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. The principles for the Schooner Project
• Captain Daniel D. Moreland
An esteemed master mariner and internationally-respected
authority on traditional ships, Capt. Dan is CEO of Dawson Moreland and
Associates, and is project director for these schooners. Well-known for
the design, retrofitting and rigging of the beautiful and seaworthy Barque
Picton Castle, and for sailing her on four successful voyages
around the world, the captain also spent years in the restoration of famous
North Atlantic fishing schooners including the award-winning restoration
of the 1894 Schooner Ernestina, ex. Effie E. Morrissey,
as well as the 1893 Schooner Lettie G. Howard. In over 35 years
of sailing ships and seagoing, he has led a number of award-winning restorations
of 19th century wooden sailing ships and consults extensively on the design
and operations of sailing vessels.
• David Westergard
Renowned schoonerman David Westergard
is leading the design and construction of these vessels. Dave has spent
a lifetime in the world of wooden vessels. Growing up in a boatyard on
the Atlantic coast led him to sea and then the rebuilds of several awe-inspiring
yachts. He has built several exquisite and extremely fast schooners and
sloops in this size range and has been featured in Wooden
Boat Magazine. Most significant to this project is his fast-as-a-witch
Tancook Whaler, the Schooner Son of a Gun, the stunning Schooner Sea
as well as the recently launched Kitty
Cochrane. Dave also has a rich background in boat yards, vessel
construction, inter-island trading and generally getting nautical things
to get involved?
so excited to be building schooners in Lunenburg again that we want to
make this project as accessible as possible. We started things off with
a big public twin keel laying ceremony and
have also set up a construction blog where
you can monitor our progress. And we’ll continue to have public
events around significant construction milestones leading up to the vessels
launch in 2011.
Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a new schooner, please
contact Susan by email or phone
us at 902 640-3005.