Southwestern Nova Scotia’s historic Dory Shop Museum, an authentic harbour-side dory factory, is being considered for Canada Post’s 2023 stamp program.
That year will see the museum – opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1983 – mark its 40th anniversary. Officials with the provincial Heritage Department, which submitted the suggestion to Canada Post last fall, are also hoping the anniversary will be marked on a commemorative stamp featuring the iconic dory (a small, shallow-draft boat).
“Easy to build, thanks to their simple lines, and able to withstand the rugged ocean, dories were the backbone of the fishing industry, both in Nova Scotia and around the world,” according to the museum’s website. “Known for its exceptional strength, the Shelburne dory was the preferred dory of local fishermen, making it the most popular small craft in the Atlantic provinces for almost a century.”
Canada Post’s 12-person Stamp Advisory Committee will now consider the suggestion before the 2023 stamp program is announced in late 2022.