ELSIE and BLUENOSE, Start of the First Race
From the collections of the CAPE ANN MUSEUM, Gloucester, Massachusetts
“Start of the first race of the International Race showing ‘Elsie’ in the lead with Bluenose in the rear” 1921 Halifax, Nova Scotia
Thanks to Fred Buck for locating this photograph and sharing it with the Gloucester Schooner Festival committee.
From A Race for Real Sailors The first ELSIE – BLUENOSE RACE.
_________ The two fairly flew across the water, all sails filled in the stiff quartering breeze and hulls rolling heavily in the deep chop. “The end of Bluenose’s 80-ft. boom was now in the water, now halfway up to the masthead as she gained on her rival. The Elsie rolled still harder and three times brought her main boom across the Bluenose’s deck, between the fore and main rigging.” It was a constant battle for the weather berth, with members of both crews either handling lines or working aloft or hugging the windward rails. Anyone daring to raise his head above the weather rail on Bluenose caught the caught the edge of Walter’s caustic tongue. __________
A Race for Real Sailors is in stock at the Cape Ann Museum.
The stirring and poignant tale is illustrated with 51 historical photographs and five maps, and rounded out by a glossary of sailing terms and an appendix of the ever-changing race rules. This is a story that will keep even confirmed landlubbers pegged to their seats, a tale of iron men and wooden ships whose time will never come again.