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

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We've got sticks, baby!

Work aboard the Martha Seabury has continued at a feverish pace since her launching two weeks ago. The owner of this first of our twin schooners, the amazing Billy Campbell, is kindly allowing us to sail with him to Rhode Island where we'll attend the Newport International Boat Show Sept 13-16. It's a great opportunity to market the Seabury's twin sister (Ollie wants someone to buy her so they can race!) as well as future Lunenburg Schooners. But there's a ton to be done in the span of a few short weeks so every second counts.

Paul 'Jet' Bracken (shown guiding the mainmast in above) is working with Captain Moreland to outfit the Martha Seabury. There's been a ton of ordering - everything from liferafts to water casks - plus painting, rigging and sailmaking taking place. Arthur Dauphinee has made the blocks and moments ago, the vessel's masts were stepped with the assistance of crew from the Picton Castle and an incredibly talented crane operator. Rigging work can now begin in earnest with sea trials slated for next week.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Great new shots from launch day!

Wow! We've just received the hundreds of photographs shot for us by Peter Zwicker, who covered launch day for us. Such great images! Here are some immediate favourites.
Maggie Ostler christens the Martha Seabury
Danie and Bub pounding in the wedges
Billy's dirty feet hang overtop the builders working to launch his schooner
Fore! (inspired by Danie's hat that makes us think of more leisurely pursuits)
Billy and his shipmates from Picton Castle awaiting lift off
First attempt to get her unstuck, using a zodiac
Picton Castle Chief Mate Sam Sikkema (foreground) and trainee Brody Fierce assist efforts from the dock
Puttin' their backs into it
She's afloat!
A beautiful sight!
Kisses from the deck of the Martha Seabury
Shot for TMZ?
A wet but happy man

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What a day on the waterfront!

How to put into words the events of August 7th?
It's probably far easier to show you some of the pictures and video taken in the Dory Shop Boatyard as our team here at Dawson Moreland & Associates launched the first of our twin schooners, the beautiful Martha Seabury, yesterday.
Between 300 and 400 people turned out for this truly joyful occasion, joining company president Capt. Daniel Moreland, vessel owner, the incomparable Billy 'Ollie' Campbell, his shipmates from the Barque Picton Castle (her spars showing clearly in the photo above), local dignitaries and of course, our talented building gang (shown with Ollie below).
The vessel was christened shortly after the noon hour by Maggie Ostler, a friend and former shipmate of Ollie's, with a bottle of Jack Iron rum.

Then it was time to send her down the ways - a two-part affair as it turned out. But fetching up midway just added to the excitement as the call went out for all hands (and the fishing/tour vessel Eastern Points) to assist in pulling the Seabury the rest of the way.
Our sincerest thanks to all those who helped make this occasion possible whether with their talents or moral support. It had been 30 years since the last schooner was built on this waterfront when we laid the keels of the Seabury and her twin sister, as yet unnamed, in December 2009. Here's to many more launch celebrations, many more Lunenburg Schooners in the years to come! 
And now, on to the rigging...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Launch time!

The big day is almost upon us!
Next Tuesday, August 7, Dawson Moreland & Associates will launch the first of our twin schooners, the Martha Seabury, here at The Dory Shop.
The brief formal ceremonies (formal may be too strong a word!) will begin at noon, just ahead of the high tide. Actor/adventurer Billy Campbell, the salt-of-the-earth gent for whom this lovely schooner has been built, will be flying in from the set of his latest film to be on hand. And we're hoping for a big, cheering crowd of well wishers to share the day with us. So if you can join us, please do!
'Til then, a few more pictures from the boatyard.