"Mahone Bay Plycraft Company Ltd (MBPC) "
was a subsidiary of Industrial Shipping Company Ltd and.the predecessor of "Paceship Yachts Ltd" MBPC manufactured hulls for many "finishers" (those who took the unfinished hulls and fitted them into a multitude of models marketed under their own name. Indeed, MBPC marketed their own line of boats under the name "Paceships" or Paceship" (sometimes with an "s" at the end but neither should not to be confused with the later marketed and built "Paceship Yacht Ltd." boats.)
Below is a history garnered mainly from information
submitted by Michael Mason of Nova Scotia.
The company was founded after
the WWII probably sometime around 1947. Brigadier Roy, a
former RCAF officer, transferred the technology used to
build Mosquito fighter/bomber planes to boat building. He came
to Mahone Bay to make use of the generations of accrued knowledge
in shipbuilding that resided in the area. It is rumored that Brigadier
Roy founded the company and if so created the Mahone Plycraft
marquee around 1948/49. He built the moulds for the 12-ft, 15-ft,
18-ft, and 22-ft hulls, all of which were modified and generally
tinkered with over the subsequent years.
Around 1953 the plant suffered
a catastrophic fire that wiped out most of the plant. Exploding
barrels of volatile glue launched firebombs that set fires all over the
town and kept the local fire department preoccupied from saving
much of the plant.
The plant was rebuilt, but switched
the main focus of the operation to producing boats in that new-fangled
stuff called fiberglass. They continued to build the Mahone Plycraft
boats using the moulds that had not been in the main plant, but
stored in the unburned warehouse. The firm was acquired by Industrial
Shipping Company in the late 50's or early 60's and continued
to build the Mahone Plycraft boats but also began introducing
a line of fiberglass yachts through a company created to market
them called Paceship Yachts Ltd. The
company was acquired in 1965 by Atlantic Bridge Company Limited
of Nova Scotia at which time the name of the entire firm was changed
to Paceship Yachts Limited.