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
Thanks so much, Margaret Jeddry
Lunenburg Shipyard, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
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.
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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 ©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
Bodin Historic Photo
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Gloucester, MA 01930
We’ve got some really serious footage up close to the action coming for you.
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.
Work Work Work. These girls were covered in some type of polish or something or other. It ain’t all fun and games aboard 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.
I got down to see the Bluenose II three different random times and guess what? Every time I was there for 15 minutes during a coffee break someone was polishing the wheel.
Gotta move the ol’ sled around somehow if there’s no wind.
Here are the controls for the engine to get the Bluenose around in the event there is no wind.
Watch as a mate aboard the Bluenose II convinces me that working aboard these schooners actually involves labor and not cruising into port and getting drunk.
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!
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)
The Bluenose II- It Doesn’t Suck