Margery Mahaffy, – built 1918, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
John W. Miller, – built 1918,- -at John McLean and Son Ltd
Richard B. Silver, – built 1919, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
John M. Wood, – built 1919, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
Ethlyn, – built 1919, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
Cote Norde, – built 1919, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
McLean Clan, – built 1920, – at John McLean and Son Ltd
The Tern Schooner, the word “tern” meaning “a series of three”, is a three master built in great numbers all along our shores between 1880 and 1920. These vessels were cargo carriers of between 200 and 400 tons, requiring a crew of six to eight. Our tern silhouette is shown with all sails set except for staysails between the masts.
In Mahone Bay the 146 ton tern Cote Nord, built in 1919 for the fur trade in the Hudson Bay and with ports on the St Lawrence River, was fitted a few years later with a two hundred horse power auxiliary and sold to the Americans to enter the illicit rum running trade. The tern Irene Myrtle built by the MacLean shipyard in 1920 was purchased by the US Navy in 1942, renamed Irene Forsyte and refitted for use as a Q-ship (submarine hunter). With the inroads made by the steamer, the old schooners were hard pressed to find a cargo. A few did survive until WW II.