Through much of the physical evidence has been swept away, the contribution of our master shipbuilders to the history of our province remains immeasurable. In Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador, Calvin D. Evans makes this lost heritage visible once again.
In this second of two volumes, Evans covers the island from Notre Dame Bay to Petty Harbour and includes Labrador. Here we learn of our great shipbuilders and the vessels they launched in our harbours. Evans also takes a stand against conventional wisdom to convincingly argue that the three-masted schooners constructed in Newfoundland were expertly crafted and among the finest to be found anywhere, providing a necessary revision to history.
In a bonus chapter, Philip Evans offers an update on the Culture of Outports Project, an important community-build initiative, and shares what’s been learned from communities around the province.
After years of research, Calvin Evans concludes his grand catalogue of the island’s shipbuilding history and argues for a new understanding of our communities and the skilled individuals who helped shaped them.