The Bluenose, Canada's most famous ship, was launched at LUNENBURG, NS, in 1921 and named with the common sobriquet first applied by T.C. HALIBURTON to natives of NS. The schooner was designed by William J. Roue to fish the Grand Banks and to race. Skippered by Capt Angus J. WALTERS against the fastest American schooners, it won the International Fisherman's Trophy, emblematic of the sailing championship of the fishing fleets of the N Atlantic, in 1921, 1922 and 1923. Its only defeat was by the Boston schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud in the Lipton Cup in 1930, but it outraced the Thebaud for the Fisherman's Trophy in 1931 and 1938.
Watch a brief video about the legendary Canadian schooner Bluenose. From the National Film Board on YouTube.
The Bluenose also held the record for the largest catch of fish brought into Lunenburg. It came to an ignominious end, sold in 1942 to a West Indies trading company and wrecked off Haiti in 1946. A sculptured profile of the Bluenose has been reproduced on the Canadian dime since 1937. A replica, Bluenose II, was built in the same Smith and Rhuland shipyards in Lunenburg and launched in 1963 amid nostalgia for the lost golden age of sail.
Bluenose "Bluenose" is the most famous ship in Canadian history, a working schooner and championship racer (courtesy Knickle's Studio and Gallery).
Angus Walters, sailor Captain Angus Walters with the International Fisherman's Trophy (photo by W.R. MacAskill).
Bluenose Stamp Depiction of the Bluenose on a 37-cent stamp, released for circulation on 18 November 1988 (courtesy Canada Post Corporation).
Bluenose II The Bluenose II at its berth in Halifax Harbour (photo by James H. Marsh).
Links to Other Sites Bluenose II
This site offers the latest news and videos about the relaunch of the Bluenose II schooner in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Also offers an illustrated history of the original "Bluenose."
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
The website for the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. Check out their webcam link to follow the progress of the reconstruction of the legendary Nova Scotian schooner Bluenose II.
Watch the Heritage Minute about the legendary Canadian schooner Bluenose from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
Bluenose: A Canadian Icon
This virtual exhibit about the famous Grand Banks fishing schooner features vintage videos and photographs. From Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management.
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