Pictures of different vessels and some people who worked on them

Above: Workers getting The Barbara MacDonald ready to launch on Oct. 25, 1919 Shipwright, Duncan MacLaren standing at the left of the group

Above: The Barbara MacDonald getting ready to be shipped out on her first voyage

Above: a picture of the construction of the Corona
Construction on the Corona for James E. Macdonald of Cardigan was begun in 1903. Unfortunately, James E did not see the completion of this vessel due to his untimely death in October, 1903. She was completed and launched for Mrs. James E (Georgina) in 1904. She was a three masted sailing vessel of 197 tons.

Above: Building the Stella, 1897

The Brig “Stella” was built by Duncan MacLaren for James E. Macdonald of Cardigan. She was a 200 ton vessel built on the shore next to Government Wharf or the “long wharf” as it was called below where Bernadette MacIntyre now lives. Except for the “Corona” all James E’s ships were built on this site.

A sailor, John Hemphill, from Georgetown gives a first-hand account of his first long voyage – to St. John’s, Nfld. as cook aboard the Stella in the Island Magazine.
The insert in his own writing is quite interesting:
"The Stella was built in Cardigan Bridge by Duncan MacLaren and I must say a noble little ship she was. They may talk about their ships under Sail, but the Stella was a bird in a breeze of gale & wind".

All of the information on this page was given to us courtesy of the
Cardigan River Heritage Center which is Located at
4537 Wharf Road
Cardigan, P.E.I.

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