Well we have moved Bluenose II to Pictou in the Northumberland Straight to await our semiannual haul out. Under the regulations we must have a major haul out every five years and an intermediate haul out in between. This is common with all commercial ships and a part of modern life in the marine industry. Our ABS inspector will visit us and examine the hull and underwater appendages. Other than the general condition of the hull, the inspector will also look at the propellors and shafts, stern tube, and the through-hulls.
It’s been a quiet week here on Bluenose II. That’s okay — there has been enough excitement elsewhere in the province. Last Friday our American Bureau of Shipping inspector attended the ship and watched as the mates put the crew through their drills. With the inspector pleased with the crew’s progress, we received the certificates required for our summer travels. It’s sort of like a driving test and a motor vehicle inspection all at the same time!