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.
“It has sort of a light, European and slightly modern look to it without being totally austere,” says Leco, 46, of Ellicott City, Md., who uses the Slovenian-built boat on Chesapeake Bay day trips and overnights with his wife and two small children.
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