This was my first model. I started it in 1994.
It is a model for beginners, with rigid hull and without real wooden lining. Even the sales were painted and seamless, but the work of the ropes, the capes, and the whole rigging make you an expert in a short time.
|Description||19th century Canadian Schooner|
|Measures (cm)||Length: 60, beam: 6,3 and height: 52|
|Comments||Suitable model for beginners, for its rigid hull and simulated wooden lining. There are currently other versions of the same boat on the market, by other manufacturers.|
The schooner Bluenose was launched in Lunemburg, Nova Scotia (Canada) on March 26, 1921. It was 43’5 m long. It was designed by William Roue in Halifax, and was owned by a group of investors including the famous Captain Angus Walters. As a fisherman he was one of the best … as a regatta participant, the best. There are many and tragic stories related to the birth, life and disappearance of the great treasure that, for Nova Scotia, was the schooner Bluenose. In 1935 the Bluenose crossed the Atlantic for the first time to participate in the silver wedding ceremony for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary. She was invited to participate in the Sailpast Review, in Splithead, and took part in the traditional regatta around the Isle of Wight. Although she came third, the expert observers appreciated her great worth. Before leaving England, King George gifted Captain Angus Walters with the mainsail for the royal yacht Britannia.
The Bluenose set sail from Falmouth on September 11 to return to Canada, but was surprised by the worst hurricane in its history. The storm lasted three days, capsizing for the first and only time in its existence. She had to return to anchor at Plymouth, where repairs were made for a month, before she was ready to face the crossing of the Atlantic.
The following year, 1936, the Great Depression hit the United States and many other countries. Powerful trawlers began to replace the fishing fleets under sail. It was then that Captain Angus was forced to add diesel engines to the Bluenose schooner. A motor system was chosen that could be easily disassembled in the event of new regattas to participate in.
In 1937 the first Canadian coin was minted with the effigy of George VI. For the reverse of it, the government thought of a schooner sailing under full sail, and the designer, Emmanuel Hahn, chose the Bluenose as its model. The choice of a sailing schooner was undoubtedly inspired by the beauty of the Bluenose, and the design was an exaltation of the glorious time when tall schooners fished in the Atlantic fishing grounds.
In mid-1942, Captain Walters sold the Bluenose to the West Indian Trading Company, and was used as a freighter in the Caribbean seas.
Four years later, in January 1946, the Bluenose ran aground on a reef near Haiti and sank, disappearing forever.
In July 1963 the Bluenose II, an exact replica of the famous schooner, was launched in the same Lunenburg shipyards. For decades she has been the ambassador of the Nova Scotia fleet and has participated on numerous occasions in internationally renowned regattas.
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