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The Cox Warehouse on
Dock Street, Shelburne

Shelburne is a town located in southwestern Nova Scotia. It is the shire town of Shelburne County. It was incorporated as a town on April 4, 1907. Many descendants of the original Loyalists still live in the area today.

Fishing remains a primary industry today. Other economic activities include tourism, ship building and repair, aquaculture, logging, fish processing, and the manufacture of barrels, institutional furniture, granite monuments, and marine suppliers.

Cooke Aquaculture Ltd. has chosen Shelburne as site for a substantial increase in their salmon farming operation there, which would increase the number of farms in the area to eight or more and would include the construction of a fish processing plant employing 350 people. In February 2012, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency quarantined one site due to a suspected Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) occurrence.

Present day barrel factory

The area is served by a weekly newspaper, a large online news operation, radio stations east and west of the town and CBC radio from Halifax, plus the regional version of the Chronicle Herald.

The weekly newspaper.htmlThe Coast Guard, is published at the same intersection where newspapers had been published as early as 1784, including the General Advertiser, the Port Roseway Gazetteer and Shelburne Advertiser, and the American Gazette.

Many of Shelburne's buildings date back to Loyalist times. The Shelburne County Museum is a restored home built in 1787 by David Nairn, a cooper from Scotland. The present day Christ Church (Anglican) is on the site of the original building of the same name, which was designed by Loyalist Isaac Hildreth and consecrated by Bishop Charles Inglis in 1790. The original structure was destroyed by fire in 1971. Tottie's Store is thought to have been built by John Tottie about the year 1800.

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Shelburne Shipyard in 2012


Shipbuilding is a historically significant industry. The first vessel launched at Shelburne was the 181-ton Roseway, built for MacLean and Bogle in 1786. Commissary Island, now a peninsula, was the area from which supplies of flour, pork, and salt were dispensed to the Loyalists by the Commissary General, Mr. Brinley. Later, this area became the shipyard of Joseph McGill. The Cox family also built their own ships and conducted extensive international trade. The former MacKay shipyard was located in Shelburne at Black's Brook. Donald McKay, famous in the United States for the clippers which he built at Boston, began his shipbuilding career in Shelburne. He was born at Jordan Falls in 1810, and left the area at the age of 16 to apprentice in New York. Led by master shipbuilders such as Amos Pentz and James Havelock Harding , Shelburne shipyards built many fishing schooners in the banks fishing era, as well as a notable research yacht inspired by fishing schooners, the schooner Blue Dolphin in 1926.

In 2011, Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding Company completed the renovation of the Shelburne Shipbuilding, facility which included the installation of North America's largest marine railway. In late 2011, Irving was awarded the largest-ever government shipbuilding contract, valued at approximately $35 billion, mainly for work at their Halifax Shipyard but some work is expected to spill over to the Shelburne yard over the 30-year term of the contract.

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