The Queen of the North Atlantic, as she is known, the Bluenose is regarded as one of the fastest sailing schooner ships to ever sail the seas. Under the tutelage of Captain Angus Waiters, the Bluenose spent many years outrunning and outsmarting opponents on the sae. Today, she is regarded as one of the finest boats that Canada ever built, and her world record speeds ensures that to this day the Bluenose lives on in the hearts of many.
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The Bluenose was a Canadian racing schooner designed by William J Roué and built by Smith & Rhuland, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was launched in 1921 with a complement of 28.
The name “Bluenose” originated as a nickname for Nova Scotians. She was designed specifically to race for the International Trophy, a prize established by W.H. Dennis, publisher of the Halifax Herald. Her first skipper was Angus Walters, one of the most successful fishermen on the Grand Banks.
In the first International Fishermen’s trophy race held in 1920, the Bluenose beat the Elsie and thus returned the trophy to Nova Scotia. The Bluenose kept the trophy for the next 17 years. She was not only a racer but also a fishing craft.
With the outbreak of World War II and German U-boats a threat to the Grand Banks schooners, the Bluenose was sold to work as a freighter in the West Indies. Under Captain Wilson Berringer the Bluenose was grounded off Haiti in 1946.
After her loss, the Bluenose’s memory remained very much alive in the Canadian imagination adorning Canadian stamps and coins.