Skoda (barquentine)

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The Skoda was a barquentine built in Kingsport, Nova Scotia in 1893 by shipbuilder Ebenezer Cox.

Background[edit]

The Skoda, a barquentine weighing 658 tons, was built in Kingsport, Nova Scotia in 1893. It was built by Ebenezer Cox and marked the end of his thirty year shipbuilding career, and was also the last vessel built and launched in Kingsport during the shipbuilding era.[1]

Ebenezer Cox built the Skoda for C. Rufus Burgess of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, who was the main purchaser of ships in the area.[2]

Shipbuilder[edit]

In his time, Ebenezer Thomas Cox (b. 19 Dec 1828, d. 8 Sept 1916[3]) was one of the leading shipbuilders. He spent thirty years as designer and master builder at the shipyard in Kingsport. He built thirty ships during this span, with his ships averaging at 1,000 tons each. Cox died in Kingsport, Nova Scotia in 1916 at the age of eighty-eight years.[2]

Later Use[edit]

Burgess owned the barquentine until 1900 when the Barquentine Skoda Company, Limited[1] of Wolfville, Nova Scotia took ownership. In 1912, the Skoda was sold to Lester Ashley Rodden of Mobile, Alabama and was registered at that port in 1915.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lackey, Charles A. Armour & Thomas (1975). Sailing ships of the Maritimes : an illustrated history of shipping and shipbuilding in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, 1750-1925. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson. pp. 180–181. ISBN 007077756X. 
  2. ^ a b c "History - Kingsport Nova Scotia". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Peppard, Albert L. (1998). The Cox Connection: The Descendants of Captain John Cox (1717– 1789). Greenwood, NS: Valley Genealogies.