Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, has a well established ship and boat building industry that dates back to the late 18th century.

The shipbuilding industry grew to meet the demand for vessels needed for travel, trade and fishing by European settlers of the town. By the late 19th century, the main industries in Lunenburg were fishing, agriculture and boat and shipbuilding. Wooden vessels continued to be built well into the 20th century, the most famous of which are the Bluenose I, built in 1921 and the Bluenose II, originally built in 1963.The shipbuilding industry is still alive in Lunenburg today and people come from all over the world to study and learn the craft of shipbuilding from master craftsmen. During my most recent visit to Lunenburg, I got the opportunity to look in on some shipbuilders and was just blown away by the dedication and craftsmanship involved.


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