Category Archives: Boat building

Boat Construction At MMA

With the Maritime Heritage store gone for the winter, the NSMMA has opened up their shed to the Halifax Art Boat Project.  From their Website:

The Halifax Art Boat Project is a community-focused art project where everybody can come join in building a real, floating, traditional boat right on the waterfront! We’ll launch the boat in Spring and turn it into a beautiful artwork as a community.

Funded by HRM Community Arts and in partnership with the Khyber Centre for the Arts and Eyelevel Gallery, the Halifax Art Boat is a community project inviting all ages and interests to collectively build a carefully designed boat. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Waterfront Development have generously contributed space and resources as well.

This boat will be used as artist-in-residence housing, waterfront gallery and exhibit space, and sustainable off-grid living model. Featuring the five principles of youth involvement, community building, sustainability, artistic inspiration, and coastal exploration, everyone can explore their recreational interests while enjoying a traditional and fun community building project.

This project promotes individual participation by people who might be interested but who would be limited by financial barriers or otherwise unable to afford enrolling in a program that would offer similar skills and experiences.

Our core team guides the process of this multi-phase project and works hard to create opportunities for involvement of people from different age groups, culture identities, and backgrounds.

We’re also offering an Artist-in-Residence program and gallery which will be curated and operated by a team of artistic peers chosen from and by the local communities. This openness allows for innovative ideas to be quickly implemented and provides a safe mechanism for experimentation and exploration amongst the community and the artists.

In a Maritime province with long-standing cultural ties to coastal recreation, community boat building and strong families and communities, the Art Boat is a celebration and reinvigoration of this identity. Come join us on the Halifax Waterfront!

Last winter the NS Sea School Rebuilt their vessel Dorothea

The plan is to Build This:

So far, they have 2 sides built.

Row the South Shore

The Row the South Shore’ project involves building and rowing a traditional dory over

150 nautical miles from Halifax to the Lahave River and back. The Project was concieved and is being executed by Peter L’Esperance. The boat is currently under construction at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and will be launchedJuly 1st , 2013. The rowing passage will take place between August 1st and 17th , 2013.
The principle aim of this project is to promote and facilitate conservation in Nova Scotia. However, a secondary aim is to provide businesses and individuals with an opportunity to offset the negative environmental impacts associated with their activities. 
Prior to departure, Peter will seek sponsors and donate any funds raised to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, an organization which works on a variety of fronts to preserve areas of strategic ecological importance across Nova Scotia. Following the completion of the trip, the newly constructed dory will be sold and the proceeds donated to the Nature Trust.

The Vesssel itself is A Swampscot Dory. You can find out more about the project on the Row the South Shore Facebook Page.

Dorethea Update

Work has been progressing on the restoration to the Dorothea. Dorethea has a new Transom, and the interior is scheduled to be painted this Saturday. Volunteers are needed for this, so feel free to stop by.

Here arre some photos of the work that has been going on.
(Below) the new transom

 (above) the new transome form the inside. (Below) Some panks near the rail were damaged and in need of replacement.

(Above) Prepairing a replacement plank for the other side
(below)The inside ready for paint

(Below) Screwholes have been epoxied and plugged with wood.

Hike Metal Products for Sale.

From Tim Coltons Maritime Memo’s comes word that Hike Metal Products, a producer of all kinds of specialty government and other small vessels, is for sale.  The yard is in Wheatley, Ontario, which is about 45 miles east of the Windsor-Detroit border.

Besides Building small craft for the Government, They also Built Several of the Maid of the Mist boats at Niagra Falls.

Local Connections include Haligonian III (the Murphys tourboat) in 1972 and CCGS Sambro (photo at Left) in 1996. Complete list Available Here

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