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Shipbuilding

Building a Connection to the World

 
 
Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
1. Shipbuilding Marker
Inscription.

The first vessel known to have been built in Yarmouth was launched by John Sollows at Fish Point in 1764. Over the years, many ships were built in nearby communities such as Argyle, Tusket, Plymouth, Salmon River, Meteghan, and Belliveau's Cove as well as in the six shipyards on Yarmouth Harbour.

A ready supply of timber and a skilled workforce of shipwrights, marine blacksmiths, riggers, and sailmakers all contributed to the success of the shipbuilding industry. In 1879, Yarmouth recorded the 2nd largest registered tonnage of vessels in Canada. At the time, Canada was the 4th ranking shipping nation in the world.

[Photo captions, from left to right, read]
Ferry Dartmouth under construction at the Burrell-Johnson Shipyard, 1888. The Dartmouth provided ferry service between Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia from 1888 until 1935.

The schooner Irene C is nearing completion on the right.

Shipbuilders at work on the motor vessel W. D. Sweeney in 1942 at the W. Lawrence Sweeney Shipyard.

Background [photo]
John D. Kirk and Walter D. Sweeney Shipyard on Water Street at the foot of Pearl Street, Yarmouth. Two large schooners are shown on the stocks during the First World War.

The schooner Grace and Ruby the first

Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 24, 2017
2. Shipbuilding Marker
Looking SSW along the waterfront
ship launched at the Kirk and Sweeney Shipyard, August 8, 1918. The shipyard was located at the present (2003) site of the Yarmouth Ferry Terminal.

Shipyards known to have been in operation around Yarmouth Harbour.

Stages of construction of the four masted schooner Letitia L. McKay at Meteghan in 1916.

Oval [photo]
A Burell-Johnson Iron Company blueprint. It is not known if a vessel was built from these plans.

The barquentine Baldwin was built at Meteghan, Nova Scotia in 1891 for the purpose of carrying locomotives manufactured by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, USA to Argentina. She later went on to carry other cargoes including lumber, coal, and salt.

Learn more about Yarmouth's heritage at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins Street.
 
Erected 2003 by Yarmouth Waterfront Development Corporation and Others.
 
Location. 43° 50.685′ N, 66° 7.121′ W. Marker is in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in Yarmouth County. Marker is on Water Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about about 50 meters NNW of Tim Hortons/Wendy's, along the waterfront. Marker is in this post office area: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1H8, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking

Barquentine <i>Baldwin</i> Photo on Shipbuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, 1891
3. Barquentine Baldwin Photo on Shipbuilding Marker
distance of this marker. Political Life (a few steps from this marker); Milton Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlement (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fishery (within shouting distance of this marker); Rum Running (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Transportation (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Manufacturing (about 150 meters away); Coronation Park (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yarmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Why There Was Shipbuilding in the Maritimes. (Submitted on July 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Brief Town of Yarmouth History. (Submitted on July 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Yarmouth's Historic Waterfront Panels. (Submitted on July 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 100 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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