New exhibits in Trinity this summer
The historic sites in Trinity will host a brand new attraction this summer, focusing on the rich history of boat building in the area.
© Kevin Curley photo
The boat building workshop in Trinity. Glen Vokey (left) is a seasoned local boat builder, Chip Tamason (centre) is a summer resident who is learning and Jerome Canning (right) is a boat builder from the Wooden Boat Museum.
The Trinity Historical Society and the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador are partnering to see new exhibits and activities in Trinity this tourist season. This partnership helps mark Trinity Historical Society’s 50th Anniversary of preserving, presenting and promoting heritage.
Ian White, President of the Trinity Historical Society, said in a press release, “We are very pleased to be entering this partnership with the Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador as we embark on a new venture together to enhance the visitor experience in Trinity, promote each others work and demonstrate the tradition of wooden boat building.”
He says this stage of the project is “Chapter 1” and they will unveil “Chapter 2” in 2015.
The new exhibit opened on June 30 and is located at the Court House. It is called, Before Fiberglass: Wooden Boats of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The exhibit includes a timeline of boat building beginning with first aboriginal people of the province to European chaloupes to punts and schooners.
In addition to the exhibit, many different workshops will be available for people to learn about boat building, hands-on.
Glen Vokey, a descendant of the boat building family, will offer boat-building workshops every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through July and August.
He will focus on the topics of: stem and keel; timbers; moulds and battens; and planking.
This includes a workshop for dory building for children of ages seven to 12.
Vokey says boat building is in his blood.
“My family were all boat builders…I know, at least, I’m the fifth generation of boat builders. I just grew up building boats,” he said.
Master boat builder Henry Vokey is his uncle, who built the Leah Caroline schooner that was launched in 2012.
Charlie Donnolly will present a hands-on workshop on Saturday, July 12, on the make-and-break engine.
Donnolly will explain the operation and maintenance of the engines, specifically the removal and installation of piston rings and contact points with igniters.
The sites will offer two days of wooden boat heritage workshops with naval architect, Bruce Whitelaw and folklorist, Dale Jarvis.
The first session, with Whitelaw is on July 16. He will teach the process for recording hull shape and construction details of wooden boats.
The second session, with Jarvis on July 16, will teach digital recording and interview techniques for collecting local oral histories.
The Wooden Boat Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador will bring their documentation team, folklorist Crystal Braye and naval architecture student Lois Bragg, to the area July 13-15. They will be collecting information on boat builders and wooden boats in the area.
Jerome Canning of the Wooden Boat Museum has been helping conduct workshops in St. John’s and in Winterton, where the museum is located.
“Anybody in Newfoundland that has been a settler for the last couple of hundred years, everyone has got boat building in their background,” he said.
Those interested in the workshops can register at the Court House in Trinity, by phoning Jim Miller at (709) 464-3599 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org