"a Nova Scotia schooner"
'Maggie Louisa' of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (1866)
Creative Commons Attribution'Maggie Louisa' of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (1866) - Credit: McCord Museum

Nova Scotia is a maritime province lying on Canada’s eastern coast. It was first settled in 1605 by French colonists and boat-building formed the backbone of its industry from the outset. In Hawthorne’s time, it boasted the third largest ocean-going fleet in the world. Schooners — relatively small and speedy vessels with fore-and-aft rigging — were Nova Scotia’s mainstay, conveying goods down the length of the Atlantic Seaboard and into the Caribbean.  

An aerial view of contemporary Nova Scotia
GNU Free Documentation LicenseAn aerial view of contemporary Nova Scotia - Credit: Jvienneau

Visit an online archive of photographs and historical documents relating to Nova Scotia schooners here.