The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 | info@doryshop.com

Bluenose 100: "The Dory Story: A Conversation with Captain Daniel Moreland"

Sep 09, 2021

The Bluenose 100 features The Dory Shop in their latest video! Watch the interview with Captain Daniel Moreland (Captain of the Picton Castle and owner of The Dory Shop) as he explains the significance of The Dory Shop in Lunenburg (building dories for schooners since 1917), the history of the schooner fishery and what that history means today!

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CALANOVA, NO MONKEY and IRON DUKE

Aug 31, 2021

The amazing schooner CALANOVA is as sweet as 26’ of schooner could possibly be. Here she is on her cradle at the Dory Shop getting ready for launching and then rigging and sailing by the Bosun School gang. An amazing and swift little vessel, she has much BLUENOSE DNA in her. As do so many of the West Indian Island trading schooners of the last century. CALANOVA would fit right in somewhere among the balmy sweet trade wind islands of the Lesser Antilles, between Tortola and Trinidad, although most likely with a raking sloop rig, instead of schooner rig, no doubt. She could be sailing from Petty Martinique bound for St Barts to take on a load of ‘smuggling goods’, as one did in the old days not soooo long ago. Next to her in among the Queen Anne’s Lace rests a neat little bateau called NO MONKEY…

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The CALANOVA Chronicles Chapter 16 - Building a schooner like CALANOVA

Jul 29, 2021

"So, we are building a schooner at the Dory Shop. If this was a film, it would be called “per-production”. In our case, in the case of building a schooner we need a few things in place before construction begins. In order to build us a schooner we need: A design An owner who wants she A place to build she An ocean nearby timbers of many sorts fastenings a couple shipwrights that have a clue some keen helpers tools, need some tools paint, tar, oakum, clamps, lead, masts, sails, blocks, trees for masts, and on and on..." (Click READ MORE for the rest of the story)

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“Such an unassuming little shop, but very special…like you can feel the history of the place.”

About Us

We build dories. Day in, day out, one after the other. In fact, we have been building the iconic Grand Banks dory and other traditional wooden rowboats for close to a century. Although we’ve added a few power tools, we’re proud to say our boats are still hand-built using tried-and-true construction methods, along with quality materials like solid oak transoms, pine and cedar planking, and our signature grown hackmatack frames, all held together with quality copper fastenings. We like it this way. It works and it will continue to work as long as the sea is salty and the ocean has waves.

That doesn’t mean nothing ever changes here. These days, in addition to dories for rowing and sailing, power skiffs and runabouts, we’re also building big powerful schooners, perfect for coastal cruising or blue water adventures across the world’s oceans. Like our dories, they are traditionally-built; in this case, from a designer’s half model instead of the decades-old jigs and patterns from which we build our smaller boats, their edges worn smooth from the touch of so many craftsmen’s hands.

Our boats are strong, durable, seaworthy, and beautiful in their simplicity. But the place we work is special too. The Dory Shop is located on the harbour shore of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a port renowned for shipbuilding and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We welcome you to drop by – the locals all do! – or better yet, to join us for one of our two-week dory building classes. For those unable to visit, we are happy to work with you to build the boat of your dreams and can assist you with all the shipping details.


Contact Us

The Dory Shop
PO Box 1076
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
B0J 2C0

Ph: (902) 640-3005
fax: (902) 634-9985

email: info@doryshop.com