Nova Scotia icon Bluenose II sails again

The Bluenose II in her home port of Lunenburg, Nova ScotiaEver wonder why Nova Scotians are called buenosers? Yeah, me too. It turns out the fine folks in charge of the Bluenose II don’t know either, but the term originated in the 1700s and as a catch-all moniker for anything Nova Scotian, it was used to christen the original Bluenose. A racing ship launched in 1921, the Bluenose spent two decades undefeated. In 1963, the replica Bluenose II was launched, and it’s acted as an ambassador for Nova Scotia, and Canada, ever since. In 2009, a restoration was announced to ensure that our ambassador remained seaworthy… and she’s been out of commission ever since.

But, after a lengthy, controversial, and costly refurbishment, the Bluenose II is back in business. As luck would have it, we were in Lunenburg for the celebrations marking the start of the Bluenose II’s 2015 sailing season, and got to check out the deck of this Canadian icon for ourselves.

Even when we arrived in the late afternoon, the decks of the Bluenose II were busy with Nova Scotians and travellers checking out the refurbishment

Even when we arrived in the late afternoon, the decks of the Bluenose II were busy with Nova Scotians and travellers checking out the refurbishment

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I was utterly perplexed by this teeny little cannon, and all of the Bluenose II crew were occupied with what sounded to be very technical questions from visitors who clearly know much more about ships than I do, so I never had a chance to ask why it was there. Maybe it's to defend against leprechauns ;)

I was utterly perplexed by this teeny little cannon, and all of the Bluenose II crew were occupied with what sounded to be very technical questions from visitors who clearly know much more about ships than I do, so I never had a chance to ask why it was there. Sure, I could probably Google it, but I prefer to think it’s to defend against leprechauns 😉

The Bluenose II’s home port is Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, but it is travelling around the province this summer, and there’s hardly anything more iconic you could visit while you’re in the province. You can find the schedule for the Bluenose II on the official website.

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