“TED DROVER: Ships Artist” by Sheila Mackinnon Drover

About the Book...

This book is the first-ever publication of works by artist Ted Drover, accompanied by text providing contextual background for the aspect of the history of Newfoundland and Labrador that each drawing represents. Ted Drover’s personal papers indicate that it had been his intention to publish a book “of seagoing crafts engaged in the fishery and general commerce of the island of Newfoundland and Labrador from about 1850 to 1950 . . . starting with wind-powered ships and developing through sailing ships with auxiliary power to ships powered with steam and internal combustion.”

The drawings which have been included in this collection are authentic depictions of vessels which plied the waters around this island and beyond, connecting place to place, and people to each other and to the larger world. They represent a lifestyle which has all but disappeared.

More than thirty of Ted Drover’s works were donated to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador by the artist and are held at The Rooms. Although they are rarely on display for public viewing, they are accessible to researchers for study.


About the Author

Sheilah Mackinnon Drover grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and left after high school to attend Memorial University. She studied briefly in Spain and Sweden before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from MUN. As a student she received the John Lewis Paton Honour Society Award, which is conferred by the student union based on academic standing and “outstanding contribution to the university and its students.” In later years she studied at St. Xavier University in Nova Scotia and earned a Master of Adult Education. During her career as an educator she served as teacher, principal, and, at the post-secondary level, as president and CEO of the Central Newfoundland Community College. Most of her secondary-school teaching years were spent in Springdale, although she also taught in Corner Brook, Peterview, Botwood, and Ghana, West Africa.

Outside her career she served on various boards and committees, including NewTel Enterprises/Communications; Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women; Peters Foundation—Jess’s Place, Housing for Women Recovering from Addictions; Women for Successful Employment (WISE); MATCH, a Canadian NGO working to improve lives of women in the south; provincial president and life member of the Women’s Institute; Offshore Petroleum Impact Committee (OPIC); and the countless other community committees women are wont to serve on as they raise their children.

Married in 1964 to John Drover of Twillingate, they have four children and five grandchildren.

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