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The Matthew, a 73-foot replica of John Cabot's ship, will sail
Nova Scotia waters in August to commemorate the famous explorer's
landing in North America 500 years ago.

"The Matthew represents the spirit of innovation and exploration
that Nova Scotians so admire. It is a welcome addition to an
impressive lineup of special events and festivals planned this
season. The visit will help to attract tourists, who will have an
opportunity to share in our rich maritime history," said Premier
John Savage.

The Matthew will visit Nova Scotia from Aug. 17 - Aug. 29. The
first stop is Neil's Harbour after a sail-by in Aspy Bay, Cape
Breton, which plays host to Reflections/The Cabot Meeting 1997.
The campaign marks a year long series of activities and events
for communities located around the Cabot Trail to commemorate
Cabot's historic voyage.

"It's fitting the first Nova Scotia stop will be along the
world-famous trail named in Cabot's honour. We're looking forward
to partnering with local ports and tourism associations
throughout the province to celebrate the Matthew's arrival," said
Economic Renewal Minister Richie Mann.

From Neil's Harbour, the Matthew will travel to Sydney, arriving
on Aug. 20. From there, the replica will sail to Halifax on Aug.
23 for a two-day stopover. Before heading to New England, the
Matthew will visit the Shelburne/Yarmouth area from Aug. 26 to
Aug. 28.

The Nova Scotia visit is part of a three-month journey that
retraces Cabot's voyage. Beginning in May, 1997, the Matthew will
set out from Bristol, England. It will arrive in Cape Bonavista,
Newfoundland on June 24, and visit 17 ports of call around
Newfoundland and Labrador before heading to Nova Scotia.

More information will be provided once organizers have finalized
details on the visit.


Contact: Angela Poirier  902-424-3900

trp                      Jan. 30, 1997 - 5:10 p.m.