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Maritime Image of the Day

PortandTerminal.com, October 14, 2019

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. In honor of our neighbors up north, today’s Maritime Image of the Day features two of Canada’s maritime icons; the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia and the Bluenose II Schooner.

The Bluenose I

Bluenose I

The original Bluenose‘s Captain Angus Walters and the builders who crafted the sleek vessel had something to prove. Their sights were set on the International Fishermen’s Race. For a working fishing schooner, speed was a tremendous asset. Those who made it to port first fetched the best price for their catch. The Fishermen’s Race was no token competition for privileged yachts. It was a real race for the hard-working vessels of fishermen who made their living on the sea. Nova Scotia’s pride and shipbuilding reputation sailed with Bluenose.

From the moment Bluenose took to the sea, it was evident she was a vessel unlike any other. When she took home her first Fishermen’s Trophy in October of 1921, the legend began. During the next 17 years, no challenger — American or Canadian — could wrest the trophy from Bluenose. She earned the title “Queen of the North Atlantic” and was well on her way to becoming a Canadian icon.

The Bluenose is featured on the reverse of the Canadian dime

Bluenose came to symbolize Nova Scotia’s prominence in the fishing and shipbuilding industries. She represented Canada around the world. In 1933, Bluenose appeared at the Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, and sailed to England’s Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935.

Bluenose II – The legend reborn

The Bluenose II

Bluenose struck a reef off Isle aux Vache, Haiti on 28 January 1946. Despite the loss, the legacy and admiration for the once-mighty schooner lived on in the hearts and minds of Canadians — especially Nova Scotians.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

In 1963, Bluenose II was launched. It was built by many of the same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg. The project was financed by Oland Brewery to advertise their products, while also promoting Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage and tourism. William Roué, the designer of the original Bluenose, endorsed the vessel. Captain Walters sailed on the maiden voyage.

Bluenose II was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia in 1971. It continues to serve as Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador — an enduring symbol of the province — living history under sail.

The historic vessel, with its unrivalled legacy, is a living reminder of the glorious sailing era. For an entirely new generation, it serves as a fitting introduction to Canada’s maritime heritage.

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