Roderick Rose, my great uncle was son of James and Isabella (Fraser) Rose, was born 13 Dec. 1838 at New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. His father, James Rose, was an expert draftsman and shipbuilder and for many years foreman for several of the leading shipbuilders of New Glasgow.
Roderick Rose started working with his father at an early age and earned from him the skills in drafting and construction. He also completed an apprenticeship in "Joining" and he was to continue through his lifetime a continuation of these skills.
In the Spring of 1863 Roderick and his brother James left New Glasgow to take a contract to make spars for the Ship Brenda being built at Lower Selma, Hants Co., Nova Scotia. They continued working at various shipyards in that area, taking the job of making the spars for five vessels. In 1864 the brothers went to Cheverie, Hants Co., Nova Scotia to complete the cabin work on the Brig Benson. From that task they went on to join the company being formed to build the Brigantine Kildare, again at Cheverie. This vessel of 210 tons was built at the cost of $11,810 (and was still in use in 1881 according to the record of American and Foreign Shipping 1881).
While working at Cheverie Roderick Rose met and courted one of the local girls, Margaret Priscilla Dexter. She was daughter of Enoch Dexter, shipbuilder and owner, and had six brothers who were deep sea captains. Roderick and Margaret were married 19 Dec. 1866 and made their home in Cheverie.
Almost immediately Roderick was engaged to build a Schooner for his new brother-in-law, Capt. Robert Dexter. He carried through the entire project of construction from "making model", to going into the woods to procure lumber and spars, and continuing on to the launching of the finished product. The completed vessel was named the R. Rose, and was launched July 1868.
Thus began Roderick Rose's career as a designer and master craftsman of highly rated sailing vessels at his yard in Cheverie, Hants Co., Nova Scotia. He designed and built seventeen vessels at Cheverie and two at Noel. Most of the ships were named for local people and were captioned and crewed by people from the Hants Shore. Roderick Rose and his vessels have been listed in many of the books published on the history of shipbuilding in the Maritimes.
A list of ships built by Roderick are contained in the letter he wrote to his son William "Will". (The Greek Ship names were chosen by Capt. Rodman Pratt for the vessels Roderick built for him after Pratt had moved to Cheverie from his Shipyard and Store at Summerville, Nova Scotia).
Roderick and Margaret (Dexter) Rose had ten children. One daughter died in infancy and the other two girls Rachel and Mildred married and lived in Nova Scotia. Three sons, Dexter, Roderick Jr. and George moved to the United States and followed occupations based on the drafting and carpentry they had learned from their father. Four sons, William, J. Franklyn, Reginald and Albert followed the Dexter tradition of going to sea. Three brothers went to sea before the age of sixteen and worked their way up from cabin boy on sailing vessels to captain of large American steamships. Capt. Will Rose sailed with the United Fruit Company, Capt. J. Franklyn Rose was with the Grace Line, and Capt. Reg Rose sailed first with Roosevelt Steamship Company and later with the Baltimore Hall Line. These sons also moved to the United States. Another son, Elbert Rose also went to sea but died at an early age.
Margaret (Dexter) Rose died 5 April 1890.
Roderick Rose married, secondly, Mary Anna Smith 19 November 1894. Their two daughters, Marion and Jessie, married and lived in Ontario. Mary Anna (Smith) Rose died at Cheverie 3 January 1917.
Roderick Rose died at Cheverie 17 March 1916, age 79.↑ to Top
|Rigging||Name||Feet at Keel||Tons||Launch date||Build cost||Reported Lost||shipyard|
|Schn.||R Rose||90||140||July 1868||9,500|
|Bark.||Piscataqua||140||600||November 1872||Built in Noel|
|Schn.||J. L. Crossley||92||170||May 1874||10,250|
|Brigt.||Martha J. Brady||108||287||July 1875||14,500||1875||Kempt shore|
|Brigt.||Alida A. Smith||93||190||May 1876||10,000|
|Bark.||Osmond O'Brien||160||850||June 1877||Built in Noel|
|Bark.||J. H. Marsters||139||632||September 1878||24,000||1878||Cheverie|
|Top sail Sch.||C. Moore||96||216||May 1881||10,000||1881||Kempt Shore|
|Top sail Sch||D. W. Dexter||97||234||September 1882||11,500||1882||Kempt Shore|
|Bkt||L. M. Smith||125||380||October 1884||18,000||1871||Kemp shore|
|Bkt||Lillian||128||395||May 1886||17,500||1886||Kempt shore|
Roderick Rose also built with his brother James Rose the KILDARE - Wrecked at sea, put in & condemned at Trinidad on Dec. 29th, 1874. En route from Demerara, British Guiana to St. Thomas, West Indies. Wooden brigantine. Official # 52063. Built at Kempt Shore in 1865 by James Rose. Registered at Liverpool, NS. in 1871 (Reg.# 26 for 1871). Previously registered at Windsor, NS. Owned by William Collins. Tonnage: 210.9 gross, 186.5 net, 210.9 registered. Size: 105.4 x 26.9 x 11.8 ft.
1. RODERICK "ROD"5 ROSE (JAMES4, JOHN3, ALEXANDER2) was born December 13, 1838 in Fraser's Mountain, Pictou Co., NS, Canada, and died March 17, 1916 in Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada. He married (1) 'MARGARET' PRISCILLA DEXTER December 19, 1866 in Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada, daughter of ENOCH M. DEXTER. He married (2) MARY ANNA SMITH November 19, 1894 in Hantsport, NS, Canada.
i. ENOCH DEXTER6 ROSE, b. October 16, 1867, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. February 17, 1951, Bridgeport, Conn, USA; m. FLORENCE SOPHIA BURGESS, July 07, 1889, City Island, NY, USA. ii. MAGGIE BELLE ROSE, b. 1869, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. 1869, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada. iii. WILLIAM "WILL" MAURICE ROSE, CAPT., b. November 06, 1870, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. June 04, 1960, New Orleans, LOU, USA; m. (1) GRACE SCHWARTZ; m. (2) UNKNOWN MACHECA; m. (3) EDITH A. GLENN, Abt. 1898. iv. J. FRANKLIN ROSE, CAPT., b. 1874, Cheverie, NS, Canada; d. 1966, New Jersey, USA; m. ALICE SMITH. v. RACHEL "RAE" A. ROSE, b. 1876, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. 1905; m. JAMES A. ARMSTRONG, March 11, 1897, Windsor, Hants, NS, Canada. vi. MILDRED EVERNIA ROSE, b. November 27, 1878, Cheverie, NS, Canada; d. 1959; m. GEORGE MCKAY 'MAC" RATHBUN. vii. RODERICK F. ROSE, JR., b. 1881, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. USA; m. LILLIAN ROLFE. viii. GEORGE CHARLES ROSE, b. 1883, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. 1971, Bridgeport, Conn, USA; m. LENA CARD. ix. ELBERT L. ROSE, b. 1885, Cheverie, NS, Canada; d. November 11, 1917. x. REGINALD "REG" ROSE, CAPT., b. November 10, 1887, Cheverie, NS, Canada; d. February 17, 1969, Ormond Beach, Florida, USA; m. PEARLE WENTWORTH, June 18, 1907.
xi. MARION ELLEN6 ROSE, b. October 04, 1896, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. July 12, 1966, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; m. CLIFFORD "CLIFF" DOUGLAS BROWN, 1919. xii. JESSIE ALICE ROSE, b. November 18, 1902, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. December 07, 1964, Windsor, ONT, Canada; m. HARRY CLIFFORD TAIT, July 02, 1927, Windsor, ONT, Canada. xiii. FRANCIS MARGUERITE ROSE, b. March 03, 1898, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada; d. December 26, 1899, Cheverie, Hants Co., NS, Canada.