County of Yarmouth

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Name: County of Yarmouth
Namesake: Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia
Owner: William D. Lovitt
Port of registry: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Builder: Hilaire P. Boudreau, Belliveau's Cove, Nova Scotia
Launched: May 29, 1884
Identification: Code Letters JNHG
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Fate: Sold to Argentina as training ship, 1896
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2154 Gross
Length: 243 ft (74 m)
Beam: 44.5 ft (13.6 m)
Depth: 24 ft
Decks: 2
Propulsion: Sail
Sail plan: Ship

For the county in Nova Scotia, see Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia

County of Yarmouth was a full rigged ship built in Belliveau's Cove, Nova Scotia in 1884. She was the largest wooden ship ever built for shipowners in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, and the second largest wooden ship ever built in Canada, only a few tons less than the ship William D. Lawrence. The ship was one of a series of very large wooden ships proudly named after major shipbuilding counties of Nova Scotia at the end of the Age of Sail. William D. Lovitt, owner of a fleet of ships from Yarmouth, began as the sole owner. The ship enjoyed a profitable decade of service circling the globe several times but most often trading between South American, Canadian and British ports. She survived a serious grounding at Low Point, Cape Breton in 1893. After being dismasted in December 1895, she was to be broken up at Grimsby, England but was purchased by the government of Argentina as a school ship. Two fine portraits of the ship are preserved at the Yarmouth County Museum & Archives.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  • Record of Canada Shipping, Frederick William Wallace, (Toronto: Musson Books) p. 70
  • Sailing Ships of the Maritime Charles Armour and Thomas Lackey (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1975), pp 172–173

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