Shipbuilding (HM206R)

Location: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia B5A 1K9 Yarmouth County
Country: Canada
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N 43° 50.685', W 66° 7.121'

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Building a Connection to the World

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.
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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 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.
HM NumberHM206R
Year Placed2003
Placed ByYarmouth Waterfront Development Corporation and Others
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 731612 N 4858665
Decimal Degrees43.84475000, -66.11868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 50.685', W 66° 7.121'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 50' 41.1" N, 66° 7' 7.26" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Yarmouth County Rail Trail, Yarmouth Nova Scotia B5A 1K9, CA
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