Tall Ship ~ The Bluenose II
September 1, 2006 – September 6, 2006
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop
The original Bluenose was launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1921. Captain Angus Walters fished and raced the schooner throughout the 1920s and ’30s, during which time she competed in the International Fishermen’s series, never losing a race.
In the final competition in 1938, the 17-year-old Bluenose defeated the 8-year-oldGertrude L. Thebaud.
The Bluenose was sold to the West Indies Trading Company in 1942. In January of 1946 she went aground on a reef near Haiti, a fate met by many schooners.
The Bluenose II was built by many of the men who worked on the original vessel. She was launched in 1963 from the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg, the same shipyard where the original Bluenose was launched.