Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

Name of Collections: Diverse number of donors. Largest individual collection include:

  • Stright MacKay Shipyard
  • Carmichael Brothers
  • Halifax Shipyard
  • McGill Shipyard
  • William Maclean Shipyard

Description: The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, part of the Nova Scotia Museum system has about 1500 vessel plans. They have been donated by various shipyards, shipowners, and mariners or their descendants. Shipyard represented include: Halifax Shipyard; Stright MacKay, Pictou, NS; McGill Shipyard, Shelburne; Carmichael Brothers, New Glasgow; and William Maclean Shipyard, Mahone Bay. Within the collection are drawings by Howard Chapelle, William J. Roue, Ebenezer Moseley and L.B. Jenson. Significant vessels represented include the schooner Bluenose, the research ship CSS Acadia and the icebreaker N.B. Maclean. Additional fishing vessel plans are found at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, an associated museum.

Vessel Types

  • Military
  • Commercial / Cargo
  • Commercial / Passenger
  • Commercial / Fishing
  • Recreation / Pleasure
  • Sailing
  • Steam
  • Diesel
  • Small Craft
  • Other Government
  • Other: Strongest areas are wooden fishing vessels, both sailing and motor; as well as wooden merchant sailing vessels and government work vessels.

Type of Access: by Appointment



Dan Conlin

Curator of Marine History

Nova Scotia Museum Collections

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lwr. Water St., Halifax

Nova Scotia B3J 1S3