Steps to building a wooden vessel

1.) Build a half model

2.) Using the half model, determine the amount and measurements of wood required

3.) Make the moulds - these provide the patterns

4.) Lay the keel

5.) Fasten the frames (ribs)

6.) Fasten the keelson

7.) Planking - the outer covreing of the ribs

8.) Ceiling

9.) Caulking the vessel to make it water tight

10.) Laying the deck

11.) Masts and rigging

The shipwright would begin by carving a half model of the desired design of the ship.

He would next hire the required no. of skilled laborers to construct the ship. Skills needed would be those of sawyers, carpenters, blacksmiths, painters, caulkers, sailmakers and some riggers, with some people doing several of these tasks. The construction would usually begin in the spring and continue throughout the summer with a launching in the fall. The keel for the Victory Chimes was laid May 3, 1918 and launching day was Dec. 21, 1918.








Once the ship was built, the final task for the shipwright would be to supervise the launching of the vessel. This would be a red letter day in the life of the community as many people would gather to watch this event.





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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