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Bluenose: A Canadian Icon

Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

After the Great Depression and World War II, Lunenburg was never quite the same again. The glory days of shipbuilding and the salt-fish trade were gone, replaced by modern vessels and modern methods. Still, memories lingered and the shipwrights' skills endured. In 1960 the Smith & Rhuland Shipyard was contracted to build a replica of the famous HMS Bounty, for use in the MGM movie Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). The excitement generated by this activity brought back memories of the Bluenose and fueled popular interest in its revival.

This coincided with a public relations strategy being developed by Oland Brewery in Halifax. The Oland family had been established in the business community for over a century and were keen promoters of Nova Scotia's economic potential and maritime heritage. The Brewery decided to build another Bluenose — it would be the perfect advertisement to promote the Schooner house label and, like the vessel's predecessor, the replica would serve as a floating ambassador for the province.

Both Angus Walters and W.J. Roué were consulted regarding construction of the new schooner. Roué's original plans were made available, some minor alterations were made on the drawing board, Oland Brewery sponsored and underwrote construction, and on 24 July 1963 Bluenose II was launched from the ways at Smith & Rhuland. Back in 1921, Bluenose cost $35,000; in 1963, the replica cost $300,000. But in building Bluenose II, everyone knew that something special had been created, something worth far more than the cost involved: "Her owners are aware of her value in the firm as a public relations symbol but they realize she is much more; a concrete addition to Nova Scotia's seafaring tradition that in spirit belongs to all of us."


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Captain Angus Walters of Lunenburg
Date: 1961
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 14385

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Driving first spike in keel of Bluenose II, 27 February 1963
Date: 27 February 1963
Photographer: Charlie E.Young, Lunenburg, NS
Credit: Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Reference no.: Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic  FMA, F87.78.5, #25

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II under construction
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Launch of Bluenose II
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 16223

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

'What's Brewing at Oland's'
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Library: O/S VF Vol. 27 no. 24

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II at slip
Date: 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 16711a

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II Under Sail
Date: 23 July 1963
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 32327

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II – Chester, NS
Date: ca. 1964
Photographer: Robert Norwood
Reference no.: Robert Norwood Nova Scotia Archives no. 24

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II Cruise Halifax Harbour
Date: July 1969
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 23521

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)

Bluenose II Cruise Halifax Harbour
Date: July 1969
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Information Service Nova Scotia Archives NSIS no. 23522

Theme: Bluenose II: The Legend Reborn (1963-1971)
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