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Bluenose II Schooner – Nova Scotia’s Famous Tall Ship

Bluenose II, Nova Scotia

Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, is a faithful replica of her famous mother, the original Bluenose schooner, launched in 1921 and raced undefeated in international competition for 17 years.
Like her mother before her, Bluenose II sails out of her home port and birth place Lunenburg a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Bluenose II sailing season runs from June 1 to September 30 of each year and she winters in her home port of Lunenburg.  To plan your visit, view her sailing schedule posted each spring.

History of the Bluenose

The original Bluenose was built in Lunenburg’s legendary Smith and Rhuland Shipyard to compete for the International Fisherman’s Trophy. In October 1921, the Bluenose won her first race and for the next 17 years, she defeated all contenders. In 1928, the Bluenose defeated the Thebaud in the final race series and was named Queen of the North Atlantic fishing fleet. The Bluenose had become the pride of Nova Scotians and in 1937, the Canadian dime was changed to include an image of the mighty ship.

In 1942, despite the efforts of Bluenose Master, Captain Angus J. Walters and others to keep the ship in Nova Scotia, the vessel was sold to the West Indian Trading Company. Four years later the Bluenose struck a Haitian reef and sank.

Building the Bluenose II

In 1963, the Bluenose II was built from identical plans as the Bluenose. She was built in the same shipyard of Smith and Rhuland by some of the same men who had constructed her mother before her.

Bluenose II was sold to the government of Nova Scotia for $1 in 1971 by the Oland family of Halifax and has served as Nova Scotia’s tall ship sailing ambassador ever since.

The original Bluenose and her captain, Angus J Walters, were inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.

On September 29, 2012, a day-long celebration took place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in honour of the relaunch of Bluenose II.  The hull of Bluenose II has been completely rebuilt to eliminate hogging and to ensure the vessel remains a constant presence on our waters for decades to come. Bluenose II will also benefit from new mechanical and electrical systems.