Tag Archives: Bluenose

Bluenose … a photo essay … Part 6

2 Oct


the dophins / it’s a beautiful day

Going Home

Time to drop sail

Nine hours on the Bluenose It was perfect Captain. Thanks.

Moving on to new adventures

Bluenose … a photo essay … Part 5

1 Sep


The Old Captain / Brillig

From bow to stern …
Yesteryear

One more turn at the wheel.

Bluenose … a photo essay … Part 4

21 Aug


fishermans blues / the waterboys

Bluenose / Part 4

Legendary Bluenose Skipper: Captain Angus Walters
with the Fisherman’s Cup

After lunch … 

Weigh anchor! 

Heading for open water … 

A fair wind rising!

Make sail!

Haul away boys!

Way hay and up she rises!

Mainsail.

Under way!Before the wind … 


Bluenose … Part 3

11 Aug


Bluenose / The Original Houghton Weavers

Bluenose / Part 3

Time to swab the decks.

A mop in both hands!

Hosing ‘er down.

I might have done more talking than swabbing.

Polishing the bell is an special assignment. 

And a joyful one.

Those portholes were tarnished!

Repairing a turnbuckle.

Learning some knots.

Charting course.

Modern navigation.

On course – Mahone Bay

A turn at the helm!
A dream come true!

Steady as she goes.

Bringing her in.

Mahone Bay.

Ready anchor!

Sploosh!

Time for lunch.

Coming Up!: Set Sails!!

BLUENOSE 2 … Part 2

8 Aug

ggggg
We Rise Again / Raylene Rankin

Bluenose / Part 2

Casting Off!

Rose working the lines!

Like a pro!

Heading out.

A promise of wind. 
Could we ask for a more beautiful day?

Clearing the Point. 
Lunenburg behind.

An expert tells us the story of the Bluenose.

Coffee time … but don’t ring that bell. 

Heading for Mahone Bay. 
Hoping for some wind after lunch. 

BLUENOSE 2 … Part 1

5 Aug

On Saturday, Rose and I head for Niagara Falls, Ontario. My Summer Holidays. We’ll be gone 9 days so I don’t know if I’ll be able to post anything during that time. I’ll try.
I was born in Ontario, but I’ve never been back there since I was 2 years old. This is going to be interesting.


Fare Thee Well Love / The Rankin Family

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia / July 28, 2016

Last year however, my Summer Holiday was extra special – a gift from Rose – a sail on the Bluenose 2 Schooner – the only item on my bucket list. And this was to be the first sail of what they called Crew for the Day – where they take just a few folks as guest crew for the day. It cost 500 bucks, but it was worth every dime.

Building up to it though, had 2 fears : the weather – would it be windy, rainy? … foggy … or what? And sea sickness. I hadn’t been out on the ocean for a long time and if there was going to large swells, well … how would I handle it? I didn’t know …


We were up at dawn and headed down to the dock …

Clear sky … no wind.

Rendezvous at Bluenose Store … first to arrive.

Muster. There’s about 12 of us.
Captain Phil Watson fills us in.

Peek inside … lots of Bluenoses.

They give us a Bluenose windbreaker and a t-shirt.
We head down to the dock. 

Permission to board. 

Ready to go … 

Crew introduction.

That gal looks heavy, but she was a hell of a Seaman/Woman.

Everybody was great.

Head below to sign in. 

A bit more orientation … 

… that’s port side. No smirking. 

Waiting to cast off … 

 

Calling all Seadogs !

19 Mar


chuck berry

Calling all Seadogs !

According to Wiktionary:

A landlubber is a nautical, pejorative for someone unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship, especially a novice seaman.

That would be me.

The other day Brian sent me the following note in connection with a post I had made entitled Bluenose II … Back to Sea again! back on July 15, 2015.

“That last picture is not the Bluenose. The Bluenose is a 2 masted schooner the last picture clearly has 3 masts. Just thought you should know.”

Below is the offending image which I initially posted as Bluenose II.

Tweren’t tho.

Notice the 3 masts?
I didn’t.

The image below is the original 2 masted Bluenose.

I hope you can see how I could get fooled!!?? said the landlubber.
So I replaced the wrong Bluenose II image with this one (below)
which claims to be the original Bluenose II
Nice.

Wiktionary says: A Seadog is a sailor accustomed to the sea.

Thanks Brian!

You must be an old seadog. I woulda bet 40 farthings
and a gold Bluenose coin on my original image.
But you spotted it.

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