The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. is a not for profit Corporation with charitable status, operating as professional archivist, conservator, exhibitor and transmitter of this province’s knowledge and history of wooden boats, their economic use and contribution to community life.
The Winterton Boat Building and Community Museum began in 1997 under the direction of the Winterton Heritage Advisory Board. They decided to focus on the Winterton boat building story as the main theme, with an emphasis on preserving the associated skills involved. Boat building skills enabled our forefathers to survive in a harsh marine environment and helped establish the cultural landscape we have today.
The Board realized that boat building skills and the knowledge associated with them were rapidly disappearing not only in Winterton but throughout the province. With this in mind, they initiated efforts to take on provincially the responsibility of what was done locally for Winterton; hence, the establishment of the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In Memory of Fred Green
One of the founding members of our museum was Fred Green. He built a rodney at the museum with his father Alfred, using three-piece moulds that have been in their family for generations. The boat was built over several years providing many museum visitors with the sights, sounds, and stories of boat building.
The launch of the rodney became a great community, media, and family event, inspiring Fred to write the poem, Only a boat. Like so many of our wooden boat builders, Alfred and Fred are no longer with us but the boat and the poem remains, giving us great insight into the art of boat building and the soul of the builder.
Look Aft and Learn is our motto. Seafarers commonly say “look aft” to mean look behind, to the rear and the wake of the vessel. As a wooden boat museum, we feel it a fitting expression that shows our commitment to looking to our history and heritage as a means of learning for the future.
Funding for the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador is provided by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; Innovation, Trade and Rural Development; Town of Winterton; and members.
For information on our activities, contact Beverley King. Phone 709-583-2070, or e-mail email@example.com.
Board of Directors
|Vice Chair/Vice President||Chris Osmond|
|Director||Bruce Whitelaw (Past Chair)|
|Director||Jennifer Green- Sheppard|