The Dory Shop

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

Stories from the The Dory Shop

The CALANOVA Chronicles Chapter 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 Chapter 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 Chapter 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 Chapter 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.