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, April 4, 2012

Who was that mast man?

Ol' Dory Plug has been a bit of a slacker in the photo department lately. Might have something to do with the fact the Picton Castle is getting ready to depart on her summer sail training program (get details at But the boatyard gang's been busy all the same. Bub and Gerald are working to complete the exterior of Billy Campbell's twin schooner, Tony's working on the interior and Dave and Gabe are now working on the masts.
The masts for these 48-foot schooners are being fashioned from spruce trees, and are 50 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. They're being shaped by adze and are traditional in every respect. Says Captain Dan, "There are 40 and 50-year-old schooners sailing around these parts still with their original masts." That says something about quality!

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