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, October 17, 2012

Looking to the future

Here at the Dawson Moreland office, we've had more than a few queries from faithful followers of this blog as to what happens now that the Martha Seabury has been turned over to her 'over-the-moon' new owner Billy Campbell, and what's to become of her twin - hull #2.
In terms of the Martha, she returned to Nova Scotia from Rhode Island by way of a short stop in Martha's Vineyard, and just in time for the annual September Classic event here at Lunenburg. Since then Billy and his shipmates from the Barque Picton Castle have enjoyed some fabulous fall sailing and very soon the vessel will be hauled up for the winter here in Nova Scotia.
As for her twin, that schooner is actively for sale. From an exterior perspective, the hull is complete, caulked and painted, with a finished deck, deck structures, ladders to the below, rudder and steering gear. Her interior remains a blank canvas - the perfect opportunity for someone who wants a strong, swift and seaworthy vessel, appreciates traditional craftsmanship and wooden boats, and deserves the custom interior of their dreams. To learn more please click here.
Our goal from the beginning of this enterprise was to bring large-scale wooden boatbuilding - in particular, construction of 'fast and able' wooden schooners - back to the waterfront at Lunenburg so we're by no means done here. If you admire traditional vessels like these, and think it's valuable to preserve and pass on the skills and craftsmanship that go into building them, please help us to spread the word about the Twin Schooner Project and our new Lunenburg Schooners.
We'll do our best to keep you updated on developments with the Martha's twin, as well as new projects that come along.