The Art of Wooden Boat Building - A Dying Skill - The Vokey Family

Creator(s): Lester-Garland House

Wooden boat building has a long-standing history in Trinity. In fact, it dates back to the late 1700s to the time of the early English-Newfoundland fish merchants who brought their master boat builders with them when they came to settle along the rugged coastline of Newfoundland.

Master Boat Builder Henry Vokey

The last wooden boat building family in Trinity was the Vokey's, who under the guidance of Henry Vokey began their career in wooden boat building in the 1960s. The shipyard that he owned and operated functioned until 1990, when it closed due to the change in market demands for vessels.

This online exhibition allows visitors to view and understand the life of Henry Vokey and the role that he played in the shipbuilding industry in the Town of Trinity, and also the influence that he had on many boat builders in the province. Please enjoy your online exploration of the life, times and skill of master boat builder Henry Vokey.

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