The Dory Shop

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Stories from the The Dory Shop

Movie (TV) Madness in Lunenburg!

Our fair town of Lunenburg on the shores of the North Atlantic gets its share, more than its share, of major Hollywood and Canadian film work. If a production is looking for a setting that could pass for New England either today or a century or so ago, Lunenburg works. If its Newfoundland 50 years ago, we got it. If they are looking for back woods Maine, we can do that. If you need and Olde Tyme waterfront, we got it. if you need a lot of grips, sound guys, PAs, camera folk, make-up and all the rest, extras too, no problem.  It seems that almost every year there is part of a major production tapping into the charm of Lunenburg for film making. This past year alone we have seen three or four productions here. And this week another shoot has taken over parts of the town... (Click READ MORE for the rest of the story)

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 6 - Rigging CALANOVA

At the old stone crib wharf, the freshly painted CALANOVA is swarming with riggers. These venerable deep-water seafarers, veteran shellbacks of the Horn and hauling trawl on the banks off Newfoundland in burning summers or many a winter blow, these riggers look like nautical cowboys, and swagger with the same confident grace. What appear to be oiled leather scabbards on their hips that might secure a “pyrat’s” cutlass instead hold a select few rigging tools, knives, spikes, grease packed cow horns clacking and dangling. Under ragged sleaved, faded halibut shirts, tanned fore-arms of corded muscle power thick calloused hands brandish long steel marlinspikes, so well worn they flash like silver in the morning sunlight... (Click READ MORE to read the rest of the story)

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 5 - Schooner Launching Day at Mader's Cove

Launching the Amazing Schooner CALANOVA It’s launching day for our beautiful new-built wooden schooner at the Slauenwhite Yard on the shores of Mader’s Cove, Lunenburg County, in fair Nova Scotia. When did this auspicious event take place? We are still trying to pin that down. The Halifax Herald says 1987. But let’s not worry about this small point for now... (click READ MORE for the rest of the story)

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 4 - Caulking, Mysterious Caulking

Here’s the deal. You gotta caulk wooden boats. Most of them anyway. Think about it. You take all these pieces of wood, tie them together somehow and you got a boat? Almost. Looks like a boat, but it ain’t no boat until ya caulk ‘em. That’s the deal - If you don’t caulk wooden boats they fill up with water. And ya don’t want that. Makes your sandwiches soggy. And other stuff too, not good. So you caulk ‘em up. Well, not all wooden boats... (click READ MORE for the rest of the story)

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 3…the amazing stories of an Amazing Schooner…

So, the builders went the through the forest, axe in hand, searching for the finest timbers possible to build this amazing schooner. Only the best woods would do for the construction of this epic craft. Trekking in the shade under the canopy of ancient trees, mature timbers for excellent wooden shipbuilding is part of the magic and majesty of bringing a wooden ship to life... (click READ MORE for the rest of the story).

A Sneak Peek!

Click "read more" for a sneak peek at the cabin on this beautiful Seine Dory!

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 2 - Designing the Schooner

Now, it stands to reason that before a schooner, or any legendary sailing ship, like CALANOVA, or even a cathedral for that matter, can burst forth into the universe and set out on her legendary exploits or even simple existence, that make her legendary, it must be noted that first said vessel must be built. And further, by extension of that very logic, before a vessel is to get on with construction, starting with the selecting and felling of mighty oaks for keel and frames, or slender pines for plank and masts, to be worshipfully harvested to fashion this noble affirmation of the shipwright’s art, whether this vessel be the Swedish VASA, or HMS VICTORY, schooner-yacht AMERICA or the X-15, or Notre Dame on the Isle de Paris, or anything else beautiful, that either abides as we move about she, as in the form of a cathedral, or moves with grace through the ether, damp or dry, some designing needs to take place... (click on "read more" to read the full story).

The CALANOVA Chronicles Log Entry 1 - Introducing the Amazing… Schooner CALANOVA sailing from Lunenburg…

The first story in a series about the famous Schooner CALANOVA sailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia! "Due to the beneficence of a private research grant tasked in researching the little known but important history significant to our Maritime world. Dedicated researchists have been combing the archives, digging deep, interviewing veterans and have been uncovering little known stories in the life of this legendary Nova Scotian schooner. In the coming weeks and months, we will be releasing some of this rarified history for all to enjoy and marvel at. Watch this space."…Daniel D. Moreland Captain of Schooner Calanova.

Sibling duo row their Dory Shop dory from North Carolina to Florida

An incredible story was emailed to the Dory Shop's inbox this morning - a brother and sister duo, Evan and Ariana Alexay, are rowing their dory from North Carolina to Florida. The dory, named Cod, was built at the Dory Shop 21 years ago, and has some very cool customizations such as a removable canvas shelter. To read more about their story, check out the article that was written by Bernie Harberts and interviewed and photographed by Keith Smith in the "Town Dock" in Oriental, NC:

Winter in Da Burg

A proper old gale blew through a few nights here on the south west coast of Nova Scotia. Big howling noth’eastah (NOR’easter being a media driven misnomer) all through the night with heavy snow, big, big wet snow- 6-8”. Today its raining, pouring, on top of the dense wet snow, yay…roads were a gooey thick mess and everything was closed for a spell. As it all should be. Wet, raw and cold. And the power went out as was well expected. But we have split fire-wood stacked and the woodstove chuckling along here at my home in the 1760 Bailly House. Kerosene lamps cleaned and filled, wicks trimmed. Candlesticks fitted with wax tapers. It is a lovely old home and I LOVE the walking distance to anything that has my attention, like office, our wharf, our barque, the Dory Shop, the grocery store, a pub or two, post office etc.

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