Fish and Ships

Lunenburg, despite its festive appearance, is a hardworking city with a rich maritime history. Since its establishment in 1753, the town has been a hub for shipbuilding and fishing. It’s renowned for crafting iconic sailing vessels like the Bluenose and Bluenose II, as well as the famous sailing ship Bounty, alongside numerous fishing vessels.

“Lunenburg Cure”, a term coined for a type of dried and salted cod, was a highly sought-after export to Caribbean markets in its heyday. Fishing in the city thrived until the unfortunate cod overfishing crisis. Today, local fishermen have shifted their focus to harvesting scallops and lobsters. Our dockside neighbours, the Adams and Knickle company, have found great success in scallop fishing. I was keen to visit their office and had the pleasure of meeting the company’s President Jane Ritсey, to introduce her to our project and get support during our stay here.

The oldest “saltbank” schooner Theresa E. Connor celebrated 85 years this summer
Monument dedicated to the memory of those who have gone down to the sea in ships and who have never returned and as a tribute to those who continue to occupy their business in great waters
Old fishery wharf
Famous dories
In the boathouse
Lobster cages are ready for the season, which will start here in December
Dry dock in the Lunenburg Shipyard
A schooner on hard in repair
There were better days…
High Liner Foods – largest in North America fishery processing plant, founded in 1899, as W.C. Smith & Co, originally a salt fish operation
Adams&Nickle shipyard with fishing vessel “Maude Adams”
Office of Adams & Knickle
Window of the “Adams&Knickle” heritage store
Welcome to the store!
Something old, something new
Jane demonstrated the survival suit, which they just received after the annual inspection