Westcountrymen in Prince Edward’s Isle

by Basil Greenhill and Ann Giffard

introduction by Marven Moore

This unique study of local history was first published in 1967 and was jointly executed by this husband-and-wife team. It explains why, when Britain was cut off from supplies of wood in Europe, shipbuilding suddenly took hold in Canada.
This classic, first-of-its-kind study of merchant shipping sheds light on the manner in which the rapid development of shipbuilding in Prince Edward Island played a significant part in Canada's early history. James Yeo, once a village labourer in his native Cornwall, came to the colony and quickly amassed a fortune from shipbuilding and the shipping trade. His rough-and-ready business deals spawned his mercurial rise to prominence in the colony. (His home, Port Hill, is now a shipbuilding museum.)
First published in 1967, this book originated from an idea by Ann Giffard and was jointly executed by this husband-and-wife team. It connects the burgeoning expansion of shipbuilding in the colonies with the settlers' hometown in Devon, and explains why, when Britain was cut off from supplies of wood in Europe, shipbuilding suddenly took hold in Canada. It is a unique study that shows local history is an important window into the interconnected world of economic development.

About the Authors

Basil Greenhill

BASIL GREENHILL was Director of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich for sixteen years and has published many articles and books on maritime history. He received a degree from Bristol University and was a member of the United Kingdom's diplomatic service for twenty years, in Canada, Pakistan, the United States and Japan. He died in 2003.

Ann Giffard

ANN GIFFARD is an artist trained at Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art and London University. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions and in books.

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