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Film work and harbour cruises

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Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Schooner Bluenose II.

“Rolling, speed, drone, ACTION!!” I could never have imagined myself in the film business but here we are once again. This week the ship has been chartered by FlyOver Canada as a lead attraction in an iMax format drone shoot. Film work is a strange affair where the art and vision of a director, writer and producer meet head on with the technical possibilities and physics of everyday life. 

In other ship news, a great friend, mentor and shipwright, Wade Croft has retired from Snyder’s Shipyard. Wade is a true gentleman who shared his tremendous knowledge freely and with great humility. We all wish him the very best in the future.

We have been busy since our return from Pictou and the crew are now learning the harbour cruise game. Welcoming the public aboard and raising sail is much different than standing watches at sea. The juxtaposition between the physical effort of hauling up the jib and then turning around and having a conversation with a group of tourists from Arizona is jarring at first. The crew are all expected to be able to converse with strangers and talk about the ship and her history, Nova Scotia and their personal experiences in being deckhands aboard. When we interview the crew with the look at hiring them, we are looking for nice young people who will represent the rest of you well. The proof is in the pudding as I look forward and see everybody spread out and being animated with our new guests. I hope you will come and meet them this summer and see for yourself. We certainly have a nice bunch this summer. 

Over the next week we are continuing with our harbour cruises and open decks. Lunenburg is starting to fill up with people and we continue to be busy day to day. It really is great being in the centre of things here in Lunenburg. There are lots of restaurants of all different stripes in town here from ribs to seafood and everything in between. We are moored at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic finger piers and being able to visit Bluenose II and the museum allows you to understand the whole story of the Atlantic Fishery from birch bark canoe to Grand Banks schooner.