the dophins / it’s a beautiful day
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.
On course – Mahone Bay
A turn at the helm!
A dream come true!
Steady as she goes.
Bringing her in.
Time for lunch.
Coming Up!: Set Sails!!
We Rise Again / Raylene Rankin
Bluenose / Part 2
Rose working the lines!
Like a pro!
A promise of wind.
Could we ask for a more beautiful day?
Clearing the Point.
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.
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 …
Clear sky … no wind.
Rendezvous at Bluenose Store … first to arrive.
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 …
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 !
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.
Notice the 3 masts?
The image below is the original 2 masted Bluenose.
which claims to be the original Bluenose II.
Wiktionary says: A Seadog is a sailor accustomed to the sea.
You must be an old seadog. I woulda bet 40 farthings
and a gold Bluenose coin on my original image.
But you spotted it.