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Bluenose 2 by George Cousins

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The schooner Bluenose 2 is 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 still sails on tours and as the provincial ambassador at many sailing events in Canada and the United States.
Her mainsail is 386 sq.meters ( 4,155 sq.ft.)said to be the biggest mainsail in the world, and she has a total sail area of 1036 m² (11,150 ft²). She is 143 ft. long on deck, 161 ft. overall.
This photo was taken off Halifax harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979, using an Exakta Varex 35mm SLR and high-speed Ektachrome film.

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Comments

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 6 years ago

    She’s a beautiful looking ship now. Must have been absolutely awe inspiring to those who were lucky enough to see her when she was in her prime.

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsalmost 6 years ago

    Bluenose 2 is still going strong. I was on her last summer in Lunenburg, she is often there as part of the Fishermen’s Museum. There’s several types of fishing vessels preserved and on display there. B2 is usually doing tours out of there or Halifax most of the year. I took this shot from my boat when my wife and I were out for a spin off Halifax. I was on board the original when I was about 5 years old, with my Grandfather. He knew Capt. Angus Walters. It was sorta like visiting God on the decks of heaven..LOL.

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Wow George – you can get an idea of the huge size of this by the miniature people on deck. This is a beautiful image of a really beautiful craft.

  • Thanks Bev. At one time there were dozens of fishing schooners like her but engines gradually took over from sail. Her replica was launched in 1963, built by some of the same men who built the original.

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 6 years ago

    Just out of curiosity, any idea how many square yards the sails are. The main one looks huge.

  • Hi Stan, I should have put that in the description. Her mainsail is 386 sq.meters ( 4,155 sq.ft.)said to be the biggest mainsail in the world, and she has a total sail area of 1036 m² (11,150 ft²). She is 143 ft. long on deck, 161 ft. overall.

    – George Cousins

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 5 years ago

    I’d love to see a pic of the sewing machine that made those sails!

  • Hi Gary.. I don’t think it was a Singer..lol! I was in the crowd the day she was launched and had a look around the yard, but I think the sails were made at another location in Lunenburg.

    – George Cousins

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 4 years ago

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsabout 4 years ago

    You’re very welcome..thank YOU!

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 4 years ago

    What a wonderful capture and write up. I just need you to get in a location where, province and Canada. Thanks George! :>)) Leslie

  • Hi Leslie, I added Nova Scotia, Canada, right after Halifax harbour near the bottom. Sorry about that, the posting was a long time ago..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    I’m going to ride this baby next time I’m in Nova Scotia!!

  • Hope you do Vickie, it’ll be enjoyable! She’s usually based either at Halifax or Lunenburg, but that’s only 60 miles apart and it’s always easy to find out where she is and what her schedule is. All Nova Scotians are “bluenosers”, that’s where she got the name..:))

    – George Cousins

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 4 years ago

    No worries George. It gave me a wonderful reason to come back and view this wonderful capture all over again. thank you! :>)) Leslie

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