Cardigan

The James E.

 





The James E. Launched November 19, 1895 Courtesy, Gordon Scrimgeour

The James E was built for James E. Macdonald of Cardigan by Duncan MacLaren, also of Cardigan.
She was a two masted brigantine with a tonnage of 214.

James E. MacDonald




James Emmanuel Macdonald 1842-1903

Letter to James E. MacDonald

 


This is a letter written by Capt. Mustard to James E. Macdonald of Cardigan in 1892 with information on the "Caspian".

 


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.

 

Some of my experiences at sea By: John HempHill Born 1871

My first long voyage was to St.John’s Newfoundland in the brig Stella owned by James MacDonald of Cardigan Bridge. She was sailed by Capt. Neilson and mate Donald Stegle, better known as bald headed Donald. I had a brother, Charles on board as an able seaman while I served as cook. The Stella was built in Cardigan Bridge by Duncan MacLaren and I must say a noble little ship she was. They may talk about other ships under sail, but the Stella was a bird in a breeze for a gale of wind.

HighLights of Shipbuilding in Cardigan

1.) Over 100 ships were built in Cardigan between 1825 and 1920

2.) The busiest years were 1853 – 1878.

3.) The busiest sites were the Owen shipyard and the James E. Macdonald shipyard located across the river from one another. The Owen shipyard was below Kelso Gordon’s on the south side of the river and James E’s was on the north side of the Cardigan river beside the first government wharf.

4.) Cardigan’s busiest resident shipwright was Duncan MacLaren.

Excerpts from the Prince Edward Island NewsPapers

1823 – 1830:
Three Rivers, Georgetown, Montague, Cardigan, Brudenell
etc. References
From the P.E.I. Register

 

 

Captains and the names of their vessels

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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