Early shipbuilding was quite
different from modern shipbuilding, the biggest difference being the
materials used. In years past, local shipbuilders would normally use
local wood which would be cut and hauled during winter months. The
ships would then be constructed over the winter and into the spring to
be used in the coming fishing season.
Most of the wealthy merchants would
hire their own master shipbuilders along with other labourers to
complete this task for them. Whereas, the common folk would have to
complete this task themselves, while possibly calling on help from a
family member or friend.
In this section you will read some
diary entries from wealthy merchants of Trinity, Newfoundland. You will
also get to read a document referring to the Newhook family who is known
by many Newfoundlanders as the greatest shipbuilding family in the
history of Newfoundland history.