Fishermen have always been proud of the superiority of their craft.
Since the middle of the 19th century, owners of fishing schooners have engaged in keen rivalry to prove their mettle by racing for the Thomas Lipton trophy. Over the years, this contest turned into a Canadian-American rivalry.
, of Halifax, carried a sailors' nickname for the men and boats hailing from Nova Scotia. She was the outstanding champion on the Canadian side.
In 1923, the Bluenose
raced with the Columbia
, a fishing schooner out of Gloucester, Mass. The contest ended in a dispute because the Canadian schooner finished first, but was disqualified for fouling the Columbia
and then for cutting inside a buoy. The Columbia
was awarded the victory. The Bluenose
came back to demonstrate her prowess in subsequent years and became the pride of all Canadians.
The schooner Bluenose
was built in Nova Scotia in 1921 to fish the rough waters off the coast
of Newfoundland. A salt banker type, she stayed out until her holds were full of fish, using salt to
preserve her catch. During prohibition, she was used as a rum runner. The Bluenose
was lost off
Haiti in 1946.Bluenose Links:
The Bluenose II Webpage.
Model Shipways' kit is one of the most authentic representation of any Bluenose available. And now, thanks to newly drawn plans and revised instruction book by Ben Lankford, it's ever more accurate and easier to build.
Plank-on-bulkhead construction uses laser cut basswood parts for a perfect fit. Flexible basswood strips are supplied for planking the hull. Fittings are true to the originals, and include wooden blocks and deadeyes, Brass ring and eyebolts, plus Britannia metal bilge pump, fife rail and anchors. Three diameters of rigging line and cotton sailcloth ensure an impressive model.
(Display base with brass pedestals are not included.)
1/16 Scale, L: 32", H: 26.5",
For static display model use only.
Intermediate Skill Level.
For new or limited experience wood modelers,
we strongly recommend the technique book
Ship Modeling Simplified.
Link: Download a copy of the Bluenose instruction manual.
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