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Bluenose 2 -Halifax Harbour 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 in Halifax harbour,Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979, using an Exakta Varex 35mm SLR, 50mm Biotar lens, and high-speed Ektachrome film.
Scanned in 2004 with a Canoscan 4000US scanner a 4000DPI.

“Bluenose 2 -Halifax Harbour”
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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot of this wonderful tall ship, George. I got some shots of her when she visited Cornwall, but there were too many sightseers around her. Didn’t make for very good images.

  • Thanks Mike..she’s still going strong, I see her every time I go home, usually in Halifax or Lunenburg. It’s hard to get any shots of her under sail unless you happen to be in a boat yourself.

    – George Cousins

  • Phil Woodman
    Phil Woodmanabout 5 years ago

    George, excellent shot. Note: DC3 on my site.

  • Hi Phil, and many thanks. I was just looking at the DC3..that’s such a kind gesture, I’m delighted to see it!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekabout 5 years ago

    Very good shot and description, George !
    I really like the contrast, in size, between the Bluenose 2 and the small sailboats in the background. :)

  • Thanks Stan, she’s quite an icon, still going strong. She always leads the sailpast when there’s a tall ships gathering in Halifax. I tried to get on her for that when we were there for the 2007 festival, but she was booked solid.

    – George Cousins

  • Gisele Bedard
    Gisele Bedardabout 5 years ago

    I was lucky to do a tour on that beautiful boat,what a day it was…super picture of an unforgettable beauty.

  • Hi micmac..lucky lady!! I was on her several times years ago when I lived in Halifax. I knew some of her crew members and also the family who had her built. I’ve posted an earlier picture along with this latest one, I forgot to do it earlier. Glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    What a stunning shot this is.

  • Thanks Anna, I’m glad you liked it. She’s a beautiful ship and to us native Nova Scotians she’s got a very special place in our hearts!

    – George Cousins

  • Soaps
    Soapsalmost 5 years ago

    She is a beauty, made ever more perfect by your stunning capture, I fancy me a ride in her.

  • Many thanks Soaps, you’d certainly enjoy the ride if you like sailing vessels. Very glad you liked the image.

    – George Cousins

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilover 4 years ago

    As chosen by our ‘featured’ avatar winner PaulAlbert!

  • Many thanks jazzdevil, and thanks to PaulAlbert for choosing it!

    – George Cousins

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