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Chickity Check It! Bluenose II Current View and Relaunch Webcams Prep for Relaunch Next Saturday!

Hi Joey,

The ties to Gloucester for the Bluenose II are strong and historic.  We’d appreciate it if you could post the relaunch of the Bluenose II live relaunch webcam in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  As you probably know, the relaunch will be next Saturday morning ~7:00 EST (8:00 in NS).

The link to the live relaunch webcam is http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/south-shore/bluenose-ii-eventcam.html though it is not live yet.

The link to the Bluenose II current view is http://www.novascotiawebcams.com/south-shore/bluenose-ii.html

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Thanks so much, Margaret Jeddry

Location:

Lunenburg Shipyard, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Info:

Nova Scotia’s famous sailing ambassador is undergoing a major rebuild during 2011 & 2012 to ensure its legacy for many years to come. The project is taking place at the Lunenburg Shipyard, site of the construction of Bluenose in 1921. The public is invited to see and learn about preserving this important piece of Nova Scotia’s heritage. The work is being carried out by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance consisting of Snyder’s Shipyard, Covey Island Boatworks & Lunenburg Industrial Foundry & Engineering. Come visit the site until the re-launch this summer and see Nova Scotia boat-building at its best.

Related Links:

BLUENOSE II Website

Official BLUENOSE II Online Store

BLUENOSE II Photo Album

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

The Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance

View or Purchase Photos of Bluenose II

Destination South West Nova Scotia

Chickity Check it! The Bluenose II Reconstruction/Construction Project

I have no idea how they call it a reconstruction as it seems like they are building an entirely new boat.  The Bluenose II was an incredibly beautiful boat but according to The Queens new Life in Canada blog, it’s keel was warped and they totally deconstructed it.

So they built this enormous structure to rebuild build another Bluenose II.

Click the thumbnail to go to The Queens New Life In Canada for fantastic photos of the construction process

Here are some of my pictures of The Bluenose II when she was in Gloucester August 31, 2008-

Captain Phil Watson Aboard The Bluenose II

The Paint Factory, Gloucester

 The Paint Factory, Gloucester ©Fredrik D. Bodin
The Tarr and Wonson Paint Manufactory, or Paint Factory, was built in 1874. It’s purpose was to make copper based paint to prevent barnacles from growing on the bottoms of boats. Bottom growth slows a vessel down, which costs money, especially if the cargo is perishable fish. In addition, the fishing schooner reaching port first got best price. This was Tarr and Wonson’s new technology.
Looking at this photograph you may think it’s old, until you look closer. In October of 1984 I looked out my window and saw a large schooner entering the harbor with her sails up. I ran outside and fired off half a dozen shots.. The size of the Bluenose II behind the Paint Factory gives the photo its impact. She’s  161 feet long and the mainmast is 125 feet tall. I learned later that this was the Bluenose II of Nova Scotia making a quick sail  in and out of Gloucester Harbor. It was a courtesy visit by the captain to a good friend, Gloucester shipwright Verne Smith and his wife Ruth.
Printed in my darkroom from the original 35mm Tri-X negative. Negative #FDB841016-05#08A
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Shore-side fun for festival visitors

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer- Gloucester Daily Times

The Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, now in its 10th year, has created a special day for land-bound visitors to the Schooner Festival.

Landlubbers will have a smorgasbord of activities to choose from during its seventh Heritage Day this Saturday.

“We’re pleased that we can participate to provide more land-based activities, for families in particular, because there are lots of wonderful things to see, but for many of them you have to be on the water. So the Heritage Day allows us to give exposure to many things,” center director Harriet Webster said.

The center’s exhibits and aquarium will be open free of charge throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Canada’s Bluenose II will be berthed at the center from tomorrow through Monday and will offer free public deck tours Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at other times to be decided throughout the weekend. Other vessels docked at the center and available for dockside viewing include the Roseway, the Pride of Baltimore and the Unicorn.

Read more here.

Ken Sutton, Chief Engineer In The Engine Room Of The Bluenose II

Spotless down in the engine room as you would expect aboard The Bluenose II.

Very cramped area to work on the engines compared to the Gloucester draggers that we’ve done videos of in their engine rooms. That is to be expected as The Bluenose II was built and designed as a sailing schooner first and not a powered vessel.

Captain Phil Watson Aboard The Bluenose II

Skipper Phil Watson was gracious enough to let me aboard even though the ship was closed to passengers for an interview.  His interview along with an interview with Chief Engineer Ken Sutton, pics and videos are all coming at you later in the week.

You gotta love the access a GoodMorningGloucester Sticker will grant ya!  LOL!

Check out Jay Albert’s Cape Ann Images Right Now!

Jay Albert’s Cape Ann Images didn’t disapoint with his pictures from The Schooner Races today.

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Also check here all week long right here at GoodMorningGloucester for hilarious video interviews with the Captain and Crews of The Lettie G Howard, The Virginia and The Bluenose II (at least I think they are pretty hilarious)