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Reuben Carpenter (1911-2001) master shipbuilder, designer, vessel inspector, was born in Little Catalina, Newfoundland on 21 June 1911, son of Annie (Tippett) and Philip Carpenter. Reuben Carpenter married twice. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Dalton and they had three children: Winnie, Marcie and Pearl. His second marriage was to Ducile Johnson and they had five children: Joe, Louise, Bruce, Marie, and Joan. Carpenter died in Port Union, Newfoundland on 18 May 2001.
Between the mid 1940s and 1965, Carpenter worked at the Clarenville Shipyard where he designed and built ships, including the "Splinter Fleet" and the Philip E. Lake, the last of the Newfoundland banking schooners. In 1965, Reuben Carpenter moved his family from Clarenville to Port Union and opened Carpenter's Shipyard. In the 1970s, Carpenter also worked for the Government of Newfoundland as a boat inspector, and in Postville, Labrador where he was involved in vessels construction.
Carpenter retired to Port Union where he died in 2001.
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