... This scenario seems to start without a shipbuilder (I don't think I had one which died, as I got no such message), so I wonder how I should get my first ship? ...
After a very long pause --
If you have no ships and no shipwrights, a shipwright is generated on the island. At least that is way it is supposed to work. Check the island log after this happens and see if a new shipwright appears. Oct 24, 2003
From Charlemagne aka Bill Speith from Frog City
I'm afraid that is the best I can do. I hope it helps.
I am compiling (or trying to) a list of the user published scenarios for T2. I noticed Severous mentioned this point. I finally was able to search it out.