The list of Elco motoryacht owners reads like a 20th century “Who’s Who”: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh, Czar Nicholas II of Russia, Adm. George Dewey, Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild. John Jacob Astor had two of them. From 1893 through 1949, the Electric Launch Co. was among the premier custom motoryacht builders in the world, and it had a clientele that reached to the heights of society.
Illustration by Jim EwingThe emergence of fiberglass in the late 1950s represented the beginning of a sea change in yacht design and construction. At the forefront stood an up-and-coming designer and a well-known builder of wooden boats.
Canada’s floating ambassador sails again, thanks to those who are keeping Nova Scotia’s boatbuilding tradition alive
There are few places in the world more tied to the sea than the Maritime Provinces of Canada. And no place in the Maritimes is more legendary for boatbuilding, especially wooden boats, than the historic, picturesque town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
The Lunenburg Industrial Foundry, which provided the yard and the mechanical systems for the Bluenose project, is the largest shipbuilding and repair facility in Lunenburg Harbour. It has two marine railways capable of hauling yachts and ships, and its own metal casting and heavy-duty machining and fabrication shops. (www.lunenburgfoundry.com)
Bluenose is depicted on the back of the Canadian dime, she was on three issues of Canadian stamps, and she appears throughout Nova Scotia in name and pictures. As a proud national icon, the federal and provincial governments agreed to finance a replacement when Bluenose II was retired. True to the boat’s heritage, she was built in the same shipyard in Lunenburg (now the Lunenburg Industrial Foundry) and to the original lines of her ancestors.
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