The 7th Annual Wooden Boat Conference was held in Petty Harbour Maddox Cove on September 5-7th, 2014. The event began on Friday morning with a Fishing Skills Demonstration by local fishers, followed by a luncheon at Chafe’s Landing.

Petty HarbourAgain this year, we held our Boats in the Harbour event. It was a beautiful sunny day for a spin around the harbour and the sound of the putt putt engines filled the air.

Saturday’s sessions began with a presentation from Dale Jarvis (NL Heritage Foundation). The Heritage Foundation, in partnership with the Wooden Boat Museum of NL, held a four day workshop “Fishing for Folklore” leading up to the conference. Dale’s presentation gave a recap of what the workshop attendees learned during their stay in the Town.

Crystal Braye, WBMNL Folklorist, gave a report on the Gander River Boat Documentation project which took place at Glenwood and Appleton in 2013. The entire collection can be found here.

“The WBMNL Needs You” was the message relayed by Bruce Whitelaw – chair of the WBMNL’s Capacity Building Committee. Stay tuned for more on this exciting project.

Alf Manual (Boat Builder – Twillingate), Jerome Canning (WBMNL Boat Builder), Jonathan Collett (WBMNL’s youngest member), Charlie Donnelly (Make & Break enthusiast – Heart’s Delight) and Darryl Chislett (Model Maker – St. John’s) participated in our Boat Building Demonstrations this year.

Petty HarbourThe afternoon sessions began with a presentation by Kimberly Orren – Fishing For Success. Fishing for Success, Inc. is a non-profit community of fisher men and women, concerned citizens, educators and youth dedicated to the preservation, celebration, and transmission of traditional fishing knowledge and culture that sustained generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. For more information visit their website at

Jerry Dick updated us on the progress of the San Juan Replica project taking place in Pasaia, Spain. The afternoon sessions ended with a presentation by Neil Burgess (President – Shipwreck Preservation Society of NL) “Wooden Ghosts: Exploring Shipwrecks of Conception Bay”.

Our conference concluded with the Conference Dinner and Kitchen Party. We thank the Town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove for hosting this year’s conference, all the local volunteers, and our conference presenters, for making this another successful conference. The WBMNL would especially like to thank Kimberly Orren who spent many hours organizing the events in Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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If your town is interested in hosting the next conference, we’d love to hear from you – contact Beverley at 709-583-2070 or email


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