Marystown area's tradition of ship and boat building is a long one. The
first boats built in the area may have been modeled from Basque
fishermen vessels (a type of ship known as "chaloupe"). Later, ships
were built as winter work projects, expanding during the 1840s to the
construction of "Western Boats," which were schooner
rigged crafts of 20-30 tons. These ships were crewed by five and six
men, in two or three dories, to prosecute the fishery in outer Placentia
Bay and off Cape St. Mary's. They stayed out at sea for weeks at a time.
To the ships that were built for World
War II at Marystown Co-operative Enterprise, to the wooden longliners
built at the Marystown Shipyard, and finally, to steel shipbuilding and
repairs at the current Marystown Shipyard and Cow Head facility.
section you will view photos which will show the evolution of the
Marystown shipyard from early days up until today. You will see the
transition from wooden ships to the more modern way of steel ships, as
well as the growth of the shipyard.