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In the 19th century, shipbuilding was one of the most important industries in parts of Prince Edward Island. By 1830, there were over 100 shipbuilding yards on Prince Edward Island. Britain became short of timber to make ships, so they turned to North America to get their timber, and thus ships built. Timber was one of the few resources found on Prince Edward Island at the time so settlers were eager to have the employment. By the 1860's the shipbuilding industry was at its peak as approximately 100 ships were built on PEI every year. 

There were five main types of ships to be built: Brigantines, Brigs, Barquentines, Barques and Full-Rigged ships. Certain areas of the Island became known for building specific types of ships. Mount Stewart was known for its brigantines, Grand River and Port Hill built barques and barquentines, while Souris and New Glasgow favoured schooners. Generally Island ships were smaller than ships made in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick.

Shipping Terminology Yeo Family Shipbuilders
Summerside Shipyards The Age of Sail
Prince County Shipbuilding Registered Vessels
Shipbuilding Progress 1856 Eastern PEI Shipbuilding
Kings County Shipbuilding Student slideshow




Last updated:
May 24, 2007