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Why was she named Bluenose?

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.

Bluenose under sail in 1938.

Also true to her history, the new boat is painted black, not blue. “Bluenose” is a nickname for Nova Scotians that dates from the 1700s, and it reflects neither the color of the vessel nor the bow. (Several earlier boats also bore the name.) The term is of unknown origin but possibly refers to the mottled, purplish-blue potato once a staple of Nova Scotians or to the fishermen’s blue woolen mittens that transferred their dye when used as a nose wipe.

• Bluenose website:

• Lunenburg Marine Museum Society/Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic:

• Town of Lunenburg:

• Covey Island Boatworks:

• Lunenburg Industrial Foundry:

• Snyder’s Shipyard:

• Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance:

• Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association:

• Nova Scotia online:

• Canada Border Services Agency: (search keyword: boat)

See related articles:

- Rebirth of an icon

- The builders of Bluenose

- Lunenburg: a special place

July 2013 issue


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