For the first time in decades, there are schooners 'abuilding on the famed waterfront at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dawson Moreland & Associates are building not just one, but two 48' wooden schooners in the best of Maritime traditions. These 'twins' will be built simultaneously, frame for frame, plank for plank, alongside the historic Lunenburg Dory Shop at 175 Bluenose Drive. Follow their progress from keel laying to launch!

An artist's interpretation of the Twin Schooner Project

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Working away in the grey

There's no such thing as spring in Nova Scotia. I'm not saying that to complain. It's just a simple fact. Spring here is a fiction, something Canadian Tire talks about in its commercials so you go out and buy a new lawn mower (and true enough, the grass is growing). But in terms of those bright, sunny, get outdoors and soak up some warmth sort of days - sorry, they don't happen or if they do, they are these cruel one-offs that leave you hungry for more when more isn't available.

And so the gang continues to work under grey skies, often dripping some form of precipitation down upon them. When it's fit (and realize that description is subject to individual interpretation) the gang continues to work on caulking the decks. Tony's also been building the moulded sills for the cargo hatches/skylights.

One exciting development this week was the arrival of a package from Med Chandler, the ironsmith/proprietor of Ship's Coy. Forge in Lisbon, New Hampshire. We met Med at the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic, CT last year. A former crew member of the replica HMS Bounty who undertook his blacksmith training at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, Med has a keen interest in traditional tools.

"In this day and age there are not many sources for the high quality tools that were used 100 years ago," says Med. "The originals are getting harder and harder to find in a fair price and quality. So I am now focusing on supplying builders and sailors with the tools and hardware that was once available so we can do the same work as they did.

Check out his website at

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