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Bluenose II Schooner – Nova Scotia’s Famous Tall Ship

Bluenose II

Bluenose II, Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, is a faithful replica of her famous mother, the original Bluenose schooner that was 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 on Nova Scotia's South Shore.

Bluenose Sailing Schedule

The Bluenose II's sailing season runs from June 1 to October 1 of each year and she winters in her home port of Lunenburg.

To plan your visit or to book your sailing cruise aboard the Bluenose II, please view the current sailing schedule for available dates and times.

Bluenose II Sailing Schedule

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.

Returning the Bluenose II to her original glory

On September 29, 2012, after months of restoration work on the hull of the Bluenose II, a day-long celebration took place in Lunenburg in honour of her relaunch. The new mechanical and electrical systems and the rebuild of the hull to eliminate hogging will ensure that the Bluenose II will remain a constant presence on our waters for decades to come.

Much of the original vessel was reused during the restoration, including rigging, masts, sails, ironwork, deck structures, and safety equipment. Overall, the configuration of the deck will more closely resemble the original Bluenose, offering a more authentic experience for visitors and passengers.

  • The bell on the Bluenose II
  • View of the deck of the Bluenose II
  • Bluenose II reflections
  • Bluenose II sailing along Nova Scotia's South Shore
  • Bluenose II in full sail
  • Bluenose II on Lunenburg Waterfront