Boat Building on Carriacou
As early as 1830's (the time of Emancipa-
tion) the landowners on Carriacou were upset about the ever rising cost of getting their goods to market, in particular to Grenada. So they hit on a typically Carriacou solution . . . they decided to just build their own boats.
How to build your own
When building a boat the builder starts by going into the forest and selecting the perfect trees for the project. The start of this project is in November.
The reason for all the crooked branches is that nature creates stronger structures that humans ever could
To do that they had to have boat building
expertise -- so the planters got together and brought in ship wrights
from Scotland. This started a tradition of boat building on Carriacou that continues to this day.
It also explains the preponderance of
At times the children of the ship builder are sent into the brush to find
the right shapes. Some of the choices may seem strange at first.
A major part of the skill in building a boat out of wood, without any
blueprints, is the shipwrights ability to visualize the final structure.
McLawrence's, McFarlane, McIntosh's
But soon it all comes together. This form of finding and cutting down
standing trees of the right shapes for ship building is called "Compass Timber"
Soon the general shape of the boat starts to become visible
By now the boat is almost finished. The outside is going to be covered with a fiberglass type resin, then painted and she's ready for the launch.
The launch was in January, just a little over a year after the construction was started. Since this is a fairly small boat the launch party was small too -- not too many helpers were needed to get her into the water. Now the “Iris” is based in Bogles. It is being used as a deep water fishing boat.