Gross tonnage: 297
Dimensions: 130 ft. by 30.2ft. by 11.5 ft.
Launched: Dec. 21, 1918
Owners: Mrs. Charles Lyons, John A. Macdonald, George Thompson
Shipwright: Kimble Cofffin
Victory Chimes Story
Signs of the beginning of the end of the shipbuilding industry on P.E.I. were being felt in the latter part of the nineteenth century but with the efforts of James E. Macdonald in Cardigan, it was continued into the twentieth century here with the Corona in stocks when he died in 1903. The Corona was completed and launched in 1904. After the end of World War I, with so much shipping lost, it was thought that the wooden sailing vessels might come again into importance. John A. Macdonald of Cardigan, George Thompson of Montague and Charles Lyons of Charlottetown formed a company, hired Kimble Coffin of Mount Stewart and began the construction of a vessel on the Cardigan wharf. The keel was laid May 3, 1918 and in December the vessel was christened the Victory Chimes and launched on Dec. 21, 1918.
After the launch she was towed to Georgetown by the Newport ferry, St. George, where she was rigged in preparation for sail. When she was ready for her maiden voyage in January, 1919, the Stanley towed her out of Georgetown into the Gulf. Her first voyage (with Capt. Can Macdonald of Cardross at the helm) took her to Nfld with a load of produce & hay, to Brazil with dried fish, to New York with cocoa beans and back to Montague and Cardigan with coal.
According to Captains that sailed her she was a good, fast ship and served the owners until 1924 when her registration was transferred to Parrsborro, N.S. where her remains are exposed to the weather on the mud flats there.
Cardigan River Heritage Center which is Located at
4537 Wharf Road