It's hard to imagine that on March 26th in 1921, those present on the shore of Lunenburg knew what would come of the day's festivities. They were there to launch the Bluenose. What they set in motion was a legacy that continues to this day.
Who could have predicted that Bluenose would become the pride of Nova Scotia — an undefeated racing champion and Canadian icon? Perhaps those who built the unmatched vessel had an inkling. In time, all would come to revere the legendary Grand Banks fishing schooner.
Today, the spirit and history live on in Bluenose II. As Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, Bluenose II is a proud representative of our province and our maritime heritage. The story continues.
For two decades, Bluenose reigned over the North Atlantic and brought fame to Captain Angus Walters and his crew. Bluenose II was launched in 1963 and has acted as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador ever since. It has visited ports around the world, welcoming visitors and serving as a constant link to the glorious age of sail.
Read more about the history of Bluenose II.
"Bluenose II is back." It's a phrase that will be heard throughout Nova Scotia hailing our iconic vessel. The restoration of Bluenose II will see it returned to its original splendour from bow to stern.
View the webcam to see what is happening now.
Read more about the restoration.
Where did the name Bluenose come from? Some say it was a cranky clergyman with political leanings who first coined the term, while others point to fishermen's mittens or oddly coloured potatoes. Originating in the 1700s, the term "Bluenose" became a popular name for anything Nova Scotia, including our famed schooner.
Read more about the namesake of Bluenose II.
As Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, Bluenose II plays a meaningful role for our province. Its mission involves promoting our maritime heritage and maintaining a connection to the legacy of Bluenose. It provides the opportunity to experience sailing tradition and serves as a welcoming representative of its home.
Read the Bluenose II mission statement.
Home Port - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Lunenburg is a world-class fishing and shipbuilding port founded in 1753. It is home to Bluenose II and birthplace of the original Bluenose. Old town Lunenburg is a UNESCO world heritage site and a popular tourist destination with its narrow streets, historic homes and rich maritime experiences.