This boatbuilding expertise was put to good use at the Saint-Laurent shipyard, which was founded by Ovide Fillion in 1911. By then, all the big shipyards in Québec City had already closed, having seen the oceangoing sailing ships they built with wood gradually replaced by steel steamships.
At the Fillion Shipyard –Listen to the audio clip with its transcript
In Saint-Laurent, the shipyard continued to repair, build, and store wooden boats, for the most part vessels of average size that were used for coastal trade, i.e., for shipping goods between the towns and villages along the St. Lawrence.
It was here that François-Xavier learned new techniques that complemented those he had learned back on Île au Canot. He worked alongside experienced craftsmen from a number of trades, honing his talents and know-how and acquiring new knowledge.