Winterton has a long tradition in boat building, namely
smaller boats such as the traditional Newfoundland motor boat.
Although known for their smaller vessels, a small number of schooners
were also built at Winterton. These were used mainly
for the coastal transportation of goods and fish, as well as fishing off
the Labrador coast.
There is clear evidence
that boat builders learned and remembered mental pictures of hull
shapes. They could go into the woods and without actual patterns, find
and cut trees that matched the hull shape for different parts of the
boat. This practice continues to the present in Winterton.
The boat builders of
Winterton today have inherited an ancient and fragile tradition which
has been handed down by word of mouth, example and practice, from
generation to generation, for at least four hundred years. A gap of only
two generations could see it lost forever
section you will view some archival photos as well as photos that will
show the process of building a traditional motor boat. This section
also contains a Flash application that will show the process of building
a boat by mould.