This boatyard was used for boatbuilding from 1885 to 1928. The focus of this yard was to make both experimental and traditional boats.
Alexander Graham Bell was the founder of Bell Boatyard on the estate. There were almost 40 employees working on that boatyard. The tasks of the employees were to build experimental crafts for his experiments, pleasure crafts for his family, and wartime lifeboats and workboats for the Royal Canadian Navy. Being an enthusiastic boater, on Bras d'Or Lake, Bell and his family used to sail a long series of vessels. He had to order some additional vessels from the H.W. Embree and Sons boatyard in order to do that. The boatyard was located in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia.