The Isles Wooden Boat Building Committee, located in Twillingate, has a mandate to preserve and promote the wooden boat building tradition in this area. The committee is cognizant of the fact that, if immediate steps are not taken to preserve this skill, the art of building wooden boats is another aspect of our heritage that will be in danger of extinction.
As stated in the Pilot of 25 September 2013, the “home” of the Wooden Boat Museum is a 125 year old merchant building which, to date, has been completely restored on the exterior.
We have to restore the interior before programs can be introduced. Restoration will commence early in 2014 and should be completed by the end of that year. All work is being done by volunteers.
Each bay in Newfoundland and Labrador has boat building styles unique to that particular area. Active boat builders in the Twillingate-New World Island area are constructing punts, speed boats and motor boats. It is time, now, that we acknowledge these people and recognize the excellent work they have done and are still doing. Hopefully, as we progress with our plans, the expertise of these boat builders can become an integral part of our educational process.
Kathleen (Kay) Boyd