ERA’s Philip Evans and grandfather Calvin Evans are about to launch Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador, Vol I, a detailed account of one of maritime Canada’s oldest traditions. The book, published by Breakwater Books, will be launched at 3:30 on Sat. Sept. 14 at the St. John’s Chapters. Philip and Calvin Evans will be present for an informal discussion and Q&A.
Here is how Breakwater describes the book:
The fishery, the seal cull, the settlement, the culture–the history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been shaped and witnessed from the deck of sea-going vessels, and those vessels were sparred with local timbers, planked and rigged by the hands of our master shipbuilders. From east to west, north to south, Calvin Evans covers every coast and bay in a sweeping chronicle of craftsmanship and productivity. While deftly countering the outdated argument that our builders were inferior craftsmen, this history is augmented by exhaustive lists of every builder on record from every corner of the province. Impeccably researched and contextualized, Calvin Evans’s Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador offers an indispensable addition to the story of our past.
If you are in St. John’s, please join the authors for the launch, or if you’d like to order a copy online, please go to Breakwater Books.