Picturesque Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. A photographer’s dream. This colourful town is always a highlight to visit and capture a photo or two and the great thing…it’s only 20 minutes from my home! People come from all over the world to Lunenburg.
One reason is that it is the home port of the famous Bluenose II.
Bluenose II is Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador. A replica of the original Bluenose schooner, launched in 1921 and raced undefeated in international competition for 17 years. In 1963, the Bluenose II was built from identical plans as the Bluenose. She was built in the same shipyard of Smith and Rhuland by some of the same men who had constructed the Bluenose before her. In 1971, Bluenose II was sold to the government of Nova Scotia for $1 by the Oland family of Halifax and has served as Nova Scotia’s tall ship sailing ambassador ever since.
On September 29, 2012, celebrations took place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in honour of the relaunch of Bluenose II. The schooner has been completely rebuilt to ensure the vessel remains a constant presence on our waters for decades to come.
This year, the Bluenose II is ready to go! Sea trials and training the 18 crew members have been underway and for the next few weeks on nice days you’ll see the Bluenose II leaving her homeport on these training exercises. If all goes well by mid July, she should be ready to once again to be the ambassador she was built to be!