I-48461.1 | Shipping, St. John harbour, NB, 1870

Shipping, St. John harbour, NB, 1870
William Notman (1826-1891)
1870, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
10 x 8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  boat (1192) , harbour (624) , Photograph (77678) , Transportation (2517)
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Keys to History

In the latter half of the 19th century, the shipbuilding industry was booming in Saint John, New Brunswick. Shipyards in the city and neighbouring communities were turning out two vessels a week. It was the "Golden Age of Sail" ! Throughout the Maritimes, the industry thrived from the 1820s to the 1880s. The ships built in Saint John were in large part destined for export; like those constructed in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, they were mainly three-masted schooners and merchant ships.

Source : Disasters and Calamities [Web tour], by Nathalie Lampron (see Links)

  • What

    In the 19th century, Saint John's economy was based on the timber trade and sailing-ship building. The advent of iron steamships in the 1850s raised great concern.

  • Where

    Saint John's shipyards were located on the western side of the harbour and on the Portland waterfront north of the city.

  • When

    The Canadian shipbuilding industry was at its peak between 1849 and 1895.

  • Who

    Of all the ships built in the port of Saint John, the most famous is the Marco Polo, launched in 1851 and known for years as the fastest ship in the world.