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The schooner Bluenose 2 was an exact replica of the original Bluenose, featured on the Canadian dime and a Canadian 50-cent postage stamp. The first Bluenose was a working "salt-banker" , fishing the Grand Banks and storing her catch in salt. Almost as soon as she was built, it was obvious she was a very fast vessel, and a Halifax newspaper promoted the idea of a fisherman's race. The main competition was between Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Over a number of years in the 1920's, races were held and Bluenose eventually retired as the undefeated champion. With the advent of engine power and WW2, she became a coastal trader and finally was wrecked on a reef in the Caribbean. Bluenose 2 was built by the Oland family of Halifax,at the same Lunenburg shipyard as the original, and from the same plans. She sailed for many years as a private vessel and giving promotional tours. She was given to the Province of Nova Scotia and sailed on tours and as the provincial ambassador at many sailing events in Canada and the United States.
Her mainsail was 386 sq.meters ( 4,155 sq.ft.)said to be the biggest mainsail in the world, and she had a total sail area of 1036 m� (11,150 ft�). She was 143 ft. long on deck, 161 ft. overall. She was retired in 2010, completely refurbished and largely re-built, again in Lunenburg, and launched in 2012.
The Bluenose sails again!
This photo was taken off Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979, using an Exakta Varex 35mm SLR and high-speed Ektachrome film.
April 4th, 2011
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