Government Extends Bluenose II Operating Contract

Tourism, Culture and Heritage (To Jan. 7)

February 25, 2009 1:49 PM

The province is renewing its commitment to the preservation of the Bluenose II as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador by signing a new seven-year contract for the vessel's management and operation.

Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks signed the contract today, Feb. 25, during a ceremony in Lunenburg.

"This new contract demonstrates Nova Scotia's commitment to the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society and our commitment to the Town of Lunenburg for the important role they play in preserving our rich maritime heritage," said Mr. Dooks.

Bluenose II represents an integral part of Nova Scotia's history and culture. The vessel is, for generations, a permanent and internationally recognized symbol of the province and is known to many as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador.

"Renewing the contract will allow for strong accountability, good planning and ensures the Bluenose II will continue to fulfill its role as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador," said Mr. Dooks.

"We are extremely happy to be continuing our partnership with the province of Nova Scotia," said Graham Bailly, chair of the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society. "This long-term contract ensures the Bluenose II remains in Lunenburg and provides as many people as possible the opportunity to recall and experience our rich maritime history."

The previous contract was signed on April 1, 2005. At that time, the province, owner of the Bluenose II, entered into a five-year contract with the society for the on-going management and operations of the vessel. The partnership between the society and the province resulted in increased accountability, and the preservation of the Bluenose II as a heritage and tourism resource for Nova Scotia.


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     The province is renewing its commitment to the Lunenburg

Marine Museum Society, the Town of Lunenburg and preservation of

the Bluenose II as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador.

     Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks signed a

new seven year contract with the society today (February 25th)

for the vessel's management and operation during a ceremony in

Lunenburg.

     Mr. Dooks says renewing the contract will allow for strong

accountability, good planning and ensures the Bluenose II will

continue to fulfill its role as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador.

     Lunenburg Marine Museum Society chair Graham Bailly says

the contract ensures the Bluenose II remains in Lunenburg and

provides the opportunity for many people to recall and

experience our rich maritime history.

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Media Contact: Dave Denny
              Tourism, Culture and Heritage
              902-223-4403
              E-mail: dennydp@gov.ns.ca