The Bluenose – “She’s Back”!
I have decided to completely depart from the usual theme of “Squared Circle” something or other for this one post. One of my other collecting passions is the Bluenose.
Yesterday, Sept 29th, 2012 was the official re-launch of Bluenose II. First of all, I want to state my political view on this.
First, for Nova Scotians it is $17 + million and in my opinion, well spent. She is a world renowned icon in all respects.
My second political view on this is that it is outrageous calling this brand new ship, stem to stern, and to the tip of her spar, Bluenose II. She is and always will be Bluenose III! Bluenose II was a magnificent vessel which served us well for nearly 50 years, much longer than the career of her namesake.
This is a new ship and she deserves her own name. I don’t understand what logic and how or why this happened but none of it matters….it is pure unadulterated and unpasteurized crap.
Her unfortunate name didn’t deter us from attending this once in a lifetime event, the launch, yesterday with my wife Nancy and two of our grandkids, Ben and Joe in tow! It was a neat experience to be there and in our own small way be part of the history of this new Canadian Classic!
It was a raining and coolish fall day but 1000’s of people were there to witness and cheer our new Nova Scotia mascot and she was slowly lowered down a long moving wharf and into Lunenburg harbour. (Not like the launches of the past when the ship was released to the sea with a huge splash).
Maybe in time folks will realize the idiocy of calling her BN II….. but….?!%*&^#$^*@*!!!!!!!!!!!! She was even denied the traditional bottle of champagne applied to her bow (because she is not a new ship….!)….Really????
Now….as a collector of Bluenoseobilia I am far from a purist and love to get my hands on anything to do with Bluenose, Bluenose II and now Bluenose III. I have accumulated stamps, covers paintings, commemorative plates, news items, books, you name it! These three vessels have been a great part of our heritage and history in Nova Scotia and the many images of the Bluenose are known worldwide.
Shown here are a couple of prized covers commemorating the Bluenose and now Bluenose III (with my own political statement in full view)! One from 1932 signed by the skipper of The Bluenose and one created yesterday, complete with the original Bluenose stamp attached.