Osmond O'Brien Shipyard

The Osmond O’Brien Shipyard built vessels from 1856 until 1918 in Noel, Nova Scotia. Having produced 20 wooden ships, the shipyard was one of the most successful rural shipyards in Atlantic Canada.[1] The most prominent ship captain of the shipyard was Captain William Scott, who became known as the Mariner of Minasville, after which a film short was made.[2][3] The most successful ships were the Piskataque (built 1872) and the Amanda (built 1883).[4] Sixteen years after the Schooner Hibernia was built, the last ship - the J. Miller - was built during the brief wooden ship revival of World War 1 (1918).[5][6][7] A monument was erected in Noel, Nova Scotia to the shipyard and the builders and crew members associated with the shipyard in 2005.


  1. Frederick William Wallace. Wooden Ships and Iron Men. 1922.
  2. Battle for Richmond: William Scott and the American Civil War. A film by Shawn Scott. Official Selection. Atlantic Film Festival. 2005.
  3. Scott. T. The Mariner of Minasville. Heroes of Hants Publishing. 2010.
  4. Clara Dennis. More About Nova Scotia. 1937.
  5. John Parker. Sails of the Maritimes. 1960.
  6. Stanley Spicer. Masters of Sail.
  7. Scott, T. (eds) William D. Lawrence, Nova Scotia shipbuilder & Anti-Confederation Campaigner: The Complete Annotated Writings. Nova Scotia. Heroes of Hants Publishing.

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