The Dory Shop

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

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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The CALANOVA Chronicles Chapter 15 - The Amazing Schooner CALANOVA and the Battle of Trafalgar

Jul 15, 2021

"The Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805 was a naval engagement between the British Royal Navy and the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies during the War of the Third Coalition (August–December 1805) of the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815). The Amazing Schooner CALANOVA was there. Under an assumed name; the HMS GHERKIN..." (Click READ MORE for the rest of the story)

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The CALANOVA Chronicles Chapter 14 - The Amazing Schooner CALANOVA

Jul 08, 2021

"Our research team is taking a break from the painstaking digging through the archives, crawling through dusty attics, deciphering old salt-stained logs, meeting with living legends and riffraff and hearing their accounts of the amazing exploits of the Amazing Schooner CALANOVA. So, here we have some recent visuals of this stunning, swift, fast & able vessel for your personal enchantment. Aww c’mon, you love it!..." (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