Sweeney Museum Yarmouth-Nova Scotia

The W. Laurence Sweeney Fisheries Museum was created by W. Laurence Sweeney’s son and daughters. Walter Laurence Sweeney founded Laurence Sweeney Fisheries in 1923 when he was just 19 years old. Over the next 63 years he built it into one of the most significant players in the East Coast fishing industry, with business activities across Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the eastern United States.

A small but beautiful museum to learn about the history of the Sweeney Fisheries.
We were here for research, but this is a museum for everyone interested in the fish industry and fishing boats and Rum Running Years.

Marine Slip and Machine Shop Lawrence Sweeney – needed repair and maintenance for his vessels. .

Rum Running Years-1925 large cargos of contraband liquor landed at the North West Arm and the Bedford Basin, where rum runner headquarters were established. The south shore of Nova Scotia has hundreds of islands off shore which made it a perfect place for the rum-runners because they could hide their boats and liquor in one of their many coves.

An Ancient old Fish Cart dated back to the early 1900’s


  1. Looks like a wonderful museum to enjoy, with a rich heritage and interesting history. I can recall hearing of rum runners in Detroit, Michigan, also, just across the river from Windsor, Canada. Thanks for sharing your visit with us, Anita, and have a great day! 🙂

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