Shipbuilding History

Canadian Shipbuilders and Boatbuilders

Although there are 131 Canadian shipbuilders and boatbuilders documented in these pages, there are many more that were too small to make it. Some of these may deserve inclusion and will make it eventually. Note that the use of "closed" and "suspended" in the "Disposition" column of these pages: these terms simply mean that a vessel is no longer in the Canadian Registry: it may have been lost or scrapped and no longer exists, but it could have been laid up or transferred to another flag. Most of these tables have gaps in them: if anyone can fill a gap, or correct any errors, please e-mail your info to

Shipbuilder Location Prov.
3 Active Builders of Large Ships and Rigs
Davie Canada (division of Inocea UK). Lauzon QC
Halifax Shipyards (division of Irving SB) Halifax NS
Vancouver Shipyards (division of Seaspan) North Vancouver BC
15 Active Builders of Smaller Vessels
ABCO Industries Lunenburg NS
ABD Boats North Vancouver BC
Canadian Maritime Engineering (CME) (formerly Alberni Eng.) Port Alberni BC
C.N. Atlantique (CNA) Bas Caraquet NB
Belliveau Shipyard Lower East Pubnico NS
C.N. Forillon (formerly Gaspe SB, Ch. Mar. de Gaspe and Solmer Marine) Gaspe QC
C.N. G.F.F.M. Leclerc Île-aux-Coudres QC
Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises Harbour Grace NL
Hike Metal Products Wheatley ON
Kanter Marine Saint Thomas ON
Meridien Maritime (formerly C.N. Matane) Matane QC
Metalcraft Marine Kingston ON
Ocean Industries (formerly Ch. Mar. de l'Île-aux-Coudres and Ch. AML) Île-aux-Coudres QC
Sylte Shipyard Maple Ridge BC
Theriault & Son, A. F. Meteghan River NS
15 Builders of Large Ships Who Have Become Inactive Since WWII
Burrard Dry Dock (formerly Wallace SB, later Burrard Yarrows) North Vancouver BC
Canadian Vickers Montreal QC
Collingwood Shipbuilding Collingwood ON
Kingston Shipbuilding Kingston ON
Marine Industries Ltée (MIL) Tracy QC
Midland Shipyards Midland ON
Morton Engineering (later St. Lawrence Metal & Marine) Quebec QC
Port Arthur Shipbuilding, (formerly Western Dry Dock) Thunder Bay ON
Port Weller Dry Dock St. Catherines ON
Prince Rupert Dry Dock Prince Rupert BC
Redfern Construction (formerly John Doty & Sons, Bertram EW, Canadian SB, Toronto SY, Thor IW, Dominion SB & R, Dufferin SB and Toronto SB) Toronto ON
Saint John Shipbuilding (formerly Saint John Dry Dock) Saint John NB
Victoria Machinery Depot Victoria BC
Western Bridge/West Coast Shipbuilders (formerly J. Coughlan & Sons) Vancouver BC
Yarrows (later Burrard Yarrows) Esquimalt BC
41 Builders of Smaller Vessels Who Have Become Inactive Since WWII
Allied Shipbuilders N. Vancouver BC
B.C. Marine Shipbuilders (later part of West Coast Manly SY) Vancouver BC
Service Maritime Bas-Caraquet (later Ocean New Brunswick) Bas Caraquet NB
Les Bateaux de Mer Cocagne NB
Bay d'Espoir Enterprises Saint Albans NL
Bel-Aire Shipyard N. Vancouver BC
Benson Bros. Shipbuilding Vancouver BC
Boeing Canada (formerly Hoffar Motor Boat Co.) Vancouver BC
Breton Industrial & Marine Point Tupper NS
Burry's Shipyard (formerly Clarenville Shipyard) Clarenville NL
Canadian Dredge & Dock Kingston ON
Davie Brothers/Industries A. C. Davie Levis QC
George T. Davie Lauzon QC
East Isle Shipyard (formerly Bathurst Marine, Georgetown SY, now part of Irving SB) Georgetown PE
Eastern Equipment Montreal QC
Erieau Shipbuilding Erieau ON
Ferguson Industries (formerly Pictou Iron Foundry, Foundation Maritime, later Pictou Industries) Pictou NS
Glovertown Shipyard Glovertown NL
Industrial Shipping Mahone Bay NS
Maffey Steel Boats Fort Frances ON
John Manly Ltd. : see B.C. Marine Shipbuilders and West Coast Salvage & Contracting. New Westminster and Vancouver BC
Marystown Shipyard (now part of Kiewit Offshore) Marystown NL
Matsumoto Shipyards N. Vancouver BC
McKay Cormack (formerly Falconer Marine) Victoria BC
McKenzie Barge & Derrick (later McKenzie Barge & Marine Ways) N. Vancouver BC
Menchions' Shipyard Vancouver BC
Northern Shipbuilding Bronte ON
Paspebiac Shipyard Paspebiac QC
Pinaud Yachts Baddeck NS
Riverton Boat Works Riverton MB
RivTow Marine (later part of West Coast Manly SY) Vancouver BC
Russel Brothers (later the Steelcraft div. of Russel-Hipwell Engines) Owen Sound ON
Sealand Enterprises Ltd Englee NL
Shelburne Shipbuilding Shelburne NS
Smith & Rhuland Lunenburg NS
Star Shipyards (Mercer's) New Westminster BC
Stone, Henry W. Monroe NL
T.W.L. Enterprises (formerly Trinity SB and Vokey's SY) Trinity NL
Victoria Shipyards Esquimalt BC
Vito Steel Boat & Barge Construction Delta BC
Wagstaff & Hatfield Port Greville NS
West Coast Salvage & Contracting (later part of West Coast Manly SY) Vancouver BC
35 Builders Who Were Only Active in WWII
Canadian Bridge Walkerville ON
Canadian Power Boat Montreal QC
Central Bridge Trenton ON
M. R. Chappell Sydney NS
Clare Shipbuilders Meteghan NS
Dartmouth Lumber Dartmouth NS
John Etherington Co. Shelburne NS
Foundation Maritime Montreal QC
Greavette Boats Gravenhurst ON
Grew Boats Penetanguishene ON
Honey Harbour Navigation Midland ON
Hunter Boats Orillia ON
J. H. LeBlanc Shipbuilding Weymouth NS
Mac-Craft, Inc. Sarnia ON
S. G. Mason Tancook NS
Kenneth McAlpine & Son Shelburne NS
W. C. McKay & Sons Shelburne NS
Midland Boat Works Midland ON
Minett-Shields Ltd. Bracebridge ON
Montreal Drydocks Montreal QC
Newcastle Shipbuilding Co. Nanaimo BC
North Van Ship Repair (later Pacific Dry Dock) North Vancouver BC
Palmer & Williams Summerside PE
Walter Pinaud Baddeck NS
Port Carling Boat Works Port Carling ON
S. S. Rafuse Bridgewater NS
Saint-Laurent, Ch. M. de Saint-Laurent QC
Silver's Agencies, Ltd. Halifax NS
Malcolm L. Spears Sheet Harbour NS
Steers Shipbuilding St. John's NL
Taylor & Sons, J.J. Toronto ON
Thompson Bros. Machinery Liverpool NS
United Shipyards Montreal QC
Vaughan Shipbuilding St. Andrews NB
Victoria Motor Boat & Repair Works, Ltd. Victoria NS
19 Builders Who Were Only Active in WWI
British American Shipbuilding Welland ON
Cameron Genoa Mills Victoria BC
Canadian Allis-Chalmers Fort Erie ON
Canadian Car Fort William ON
Foundation Company Victoria BC
Fraser, Brace & Company Montreal QC
Grant & Horne Saint John NB
Great Lakes Dredging Fort William ON
William Lyall Shipbuilding N. Vancouver BC
New Westminster Shipbuilding New Westminster BC
Northern Construction Vancouver BC
Nova Scotia Steel & Coal New Glasgow NS
Pacific Construction Coquitlam BC
Quinlan & Robertson Montreal QC
Southern Salvage Company Liverpool NS
Three Rivers Shipyard Company (later National Shipbuilding Co.) Three Rivers QC
Tidewater Shipbuilding Three Rivers QC
Toronto Dry Dock Toronto ON
Western Canada Vancouver BC
3 Interesting Builders From Before WWI
Calvin Shipyard Garden Island ON
Government Shipyard Sorel QC
Polson Iron Works Toronto ON

Other Boatbuilders
Other Boatbuilders in Newfoundland and Labrador (~25)
Other Boatbuilders in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (~20)
Other Boatbuilders in Nova Scotia (~50)
Other Boatbuilders in Quebec (~55)
Other Boatbuilders in Ontario (~60)
Other Boatbuilders in British Columbia (~70)
Other Boatbuilders (~15)


These shipbuilding pages are part of an ongoing project; new material and data is added regularly.


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