Tools used by shipbuilders have changed very little for many centuries. Those found on board the Vasa (1628) are very similar to ones in use three hundred years later.
A selection of shipbuilder's tools and rigging gear is found above.
This List of ships launched on the Cardigan river has been compiled using the Registry search at the Public Archives and Registration Office (PARO), newspaper accounts and the ship list prepared by Sister Frances Murphy as part of a history paper for Fr. Bolger at U.P.E.I. in 1973.
Some of the vessels were registered outside Canada because the owners were able to engage uncertificated officers to man the Schooners. It was difficult to obtain certificated masters and mates - standards were too high under Canada Shipping Act. It was impossible on account of educational requirements for a great majority of efficient seamen to get certificates - Gov't asked to relax regulations, nothing was done.