A Shutter Plank Ceremony at The Dory Shop

Posted: February 20, 2012

They’ve come a long way at The Dory Shop.

Back before we launched Sea and be Scene (near 20 months ago now) we visited the historic site and saw the beginnings of the magnificent twin schooners, so being invited back for the Shutter Plank Ceremony was truly a treat.

The Shutter Plank or Whiskey Plank is a celebration often reserved for boat builders – but on this day it was opened up to town’s people and seafaring folk alike (both the doers and the dreamers).  Despite the chilly winter day – the gathering was warm and spirited and full of great conversations.

Captain Dan Moreland & Stephanie BeaumontWe learned of the meaning behind the custom and so much more.

We spoke with The Dory Shop’s Susan Corkum-Greek about the progression of the build and how you too can build your own boat there.

We talked to Captain Dan Moreland as well - about the event, a wonderful hands on training experience and a brilliant “pint in every port” mandate he’s leading (great fun).

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our time there...

A feature one-on-one intervew with actor Billy Campbell or Ollie as he’s known ‘round the boat yard.  Billy owns one of the schooners and as you'll see did the honours on the day.

Billy Campbell at Shutter Plank Ceremony January 2012We talked to him about sailing around the world aboard the Picton Castle as well as the time he spent in our corner of the world this past summer while shooting The Disappeared - can't wait to share it!

In the meantime – enjoy part 1 of this historic happening in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. SABS

For more information on the shop and the project visit www.doryshop.com


SABS Artistic Applause

Watercolour by Frans AeyeltsThis beautiful painting of The Dory Shop - featuring the twin schooners being built - was created by artist Frans Aeyelts.

Born in the Netherlands, Frans now lives and paints in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Artist Frans AeyeltsHis medium is watercolour and his subject matter is the varied land and seascapes of Nova Scotia.

Renderings of marine subjects are exceptionally realistic as a result of his extensive off-shore sailing experience. For more information on Frans and his work click here

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