The name Lester is one of the most prominent names of
merchant families & entrepreneurs in Trinity in the 18th & 19th
Century. This family would have hired the best of the best for building
their ships. During their time in Trinity, the Lester’s owned over 60
ships which they would have used for their firms in places such
Trinity, Bonavista and Greenspond, and began to include voyages to the
spring seal hunt as part of their year round activities.
Most of the vessels owned by the Lester’s would have
been in the 100 to 200 ton class, and were built by the firm in
Trinity. In the 1750s, Lester’s operated 4-5 ships but they added new
vessels to their fleet year by year and by the early 1770s, the firm was
annually fitting out 10-12 vessels large enough to making trans-Atlantic
In this section you will read a biographical profile
of the Lester family. You will also be able to view paintings of
Lester’s ships and Premises in Trinity as well as the blue prints for
the Royal Navy Sloops which were built in Trinity.