Navigator Magazine Article About the Hull Builder
This article was published in Navigator Magazine about the hull builder
Stanley Greenwood – Builder – Nova Scotia
Stanley Arthur Greenwood of Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia was born on March 6, 1937 and passed away on Feb. 6, 2012. Mr. Greenwood’s name has become synonymous with the boatbuilding industry in Nova Scotia. Over his lifetime, ‘Chainsaw Stan’, as he was known by many, built more than 1,000 ‘Cape Islander’ boats, over 400 of them from wood. He learned the ropes of the longitudinal planking style so common to the Cape Island vessels in 1954 at his Uncle Joseph Greenwood’s Boatshop in Shag Harbour. During the evenings, he built small boats at his Atwood’s Brook home until 1965. He later moved to Centreville, Cape Sable Island and purchased a boatshop from Ernest Atkinson of Clark’s Harbour. Mr. Greenwood’s family said his boatbuilding provided a legacy, not just a livelihood. He has been called a legend and an innovator, especially in being the first to cut a typical Cape Islander in at least eight pieces to expand its width, height and length, creating a new model to be used by other boatbuilders. He incorporated and developed many usable and innovative design advantages in fibreglass boatbuilding as well. As a way of preserving the past, Stanley’s last boat was a half-size 20-foot wooden boat, completed in 2010. Mr. Greenwood’s generous spirit gave a boost to the Shelburne County economy for many years, with boats shipped all over Eastern Canada and the U.S. seaboard. But Chainsaw Stan’s legacy might be best summed up in a poem submitted by his family:
Beginning in wood,
skilled with hammer and claw,
famous for work with a chainsaw.
He was one-of-a-kind,
creating in fibreglass his own design.
A deep gratitude we owe,
Family, fishermen, boatbuilders and so.
Not only locals made that claim,
But ports in Canada, Massachusetts and Maine.