Caption: ABOVE LEFT: HMCS Goosebay, l'Hermione and the tall ship Bluenose II
sail in to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in the early morning of July 18, 2015.
There was an open invitation to swap stories with old sea salts aboard the permanently moored trawlers, but I chose instead to take a look at the Bluenose II
, Canada's most famous schooner, depicted on the country's ten cent coin.
Through the summer our activities have centered in Prescott where costumed members were among those greeting the Bluenose II
on both its upstream and downstream stops in Town.
These include wood from Nova Scotia's Bluenose II
schooner, copper from the Library of Parliament roof, a piece of four-billion-year-old Acasta gneiss rock from Great Bear Lake, and more.
The town is also home to Bluenose II
, a replica of the schooner Bluenose that, for 18 years until 1938, held the International Fisherman's Trophy defeating Canadian and, more importantly for Nova Scotians, American challengers in the race first established in 1920.
Ships scheduled to showcase the Sailabration include these tall ships: Bluenose II
, 181' Nova Scotian; Capitan Miranda, 205' Uruguayan Navy training; Cisne Branco, 257' Brazilian Navy training; Cuauhtemoc, 270' Mexican Navy training; Mircea, 269' Romanian Navy training; Pride of Baltimore II, 170' Maryland Goodwill Ambassador; and Sagres, 296' Portuguese Navy training.