Monday, 16 May 2016


We know that building a ship takes shipwrights or ship carpenters.  They build the bare bones of the ship. It takes many other specialists such as boilermakers, sailmakers, riggers, ropemakers, blacksmiths, etc. and general labourers in building a ship.

These tradesmen can be found in naval forces, big shipbuilding companies or small independent boat builders. Our Trintella sailboat, the Volante, was built by the renowned Tyler Boat Company in Tonbridge, UK.

The young man that bought our sailboat last year was a shipwright in BC.  He had suffered a serious head injury while working that took him years to recover from.  He bought our boat to live on and occasionally sail around the islands. We knew our beloved sail boat was in good hands.

You may find your Canadian Shipwright on the United States Navy List under "Navy Yards and Docks". There are also listed workers from countries such as Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden and Austria to name a few.

You will find names of Shipwrights of the Naval Forces of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India in the Navy Lists, such as this one from 1945. Also check Sessional Papers.

Some local and University libraries have registers of shipwrights and shipbuilders, like these publications in Warwick

Also look for "annual [monthly, quarterly, etc] reports" and "transactions" of shipbuilding federations or societies, such as this one...

Here is a short video of shipbuilders building the St Rosalie in Essex, Massachusetts, 1940's

Do you have a shipbuilding ancestor?

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