John McKay Blaikie was born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia on 10 August 1837, the son of Harris and M.A. (Doherty) Blaikie. He was twice married. His first wife was Adelaide McLellan, daughter of David and Margaret (Durning) McLellan. His second marriage was to the widow of Captain Alfred Gould, Malinda Gould, on 23 April 1898. She was the daughter of R.N.B. and Jane (Faulkner) McLellan and she died on 4 October 1920. He first held a position in G. W. McLellan’s store, Great Village, Nova Scotia, and went into partnership with McLellan’s son Archibald Woodbury McLellan. McLellan and Blaikie each built a brigantine in 1864 and between 1873 and 1882 they built seven brigs and ships together, the largest being the Sovereign at 1250 tons. By 1885, Blaikie was an independent shipbuilder and owner and built the ship John M. Blaikie, one of the first four-masted vessels built in Canada. He died on 27 June 1929 at Great Village, Nova Scotia.