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Friday, 28 September 2012

The Bluenose Is Sailing Once Again

Even though there hasn't been opportunity to blog about the summer much, hubby and I did do some tripping around, including around the south shore of Nova Scotia. One of our goals was to see the Bluenose II being rebuilt in Lunenburg.  These pictures were taken in early August.





  





Now the work is finished and Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, is headed back to the water. Tomorrow -  Sept. 29 -you can visit Lunenburg to witness the relaunch of this provincial icon. There will also be a live feed showing the launch and some of the day's entertainment. The relaunch begins at 7 a.m., and the celebration will continue throughout the day and into the evening with three concert stages ending with a burst of fireworks.  We won't have a chance to go, but I will be watching online.  One of the highlights will be hearing Michael Stanbury's The Bluenose Song, which was performed for the July 24, 1963 launch of the Bluenose II.  You can read more in the article from The Halifax Chronicle Herald, and listen to this recording of the song from many year's back.




 The Bluenose Song - Michael Stanbury

Now, I've got a story to tell

Of a proud ship that served her people well,

Well, the Bluenose was her name

And she never lost a race;

She won herself a place

In the history of Canada.

Blow, winds, blow,

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

Beat to the windward once more,

And up, sheath the for's'l as before,

For your country will be proud once again

Of the ship and the men

Who sail her smartly into victory.

Blow, winds, blow,

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

Built in a Nova Scotia town

Where the shipwrights had earned the world's renown,

Down in Lunenburg they built

A living legend out of skill, sweat, and pride,

And they sailed her masterfully till she died.

Blow, winds, blow,

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

Beat to the windward once more,

And up, sheath the for's'l as before,

For your country will be proud once again

Of the ship and the men

Who sail her smartly into victory.

Blow, winds, blow,

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

Beat to the windward once more,

And up, sheath the for's'l as before,

For your country will be proud once again

Of the ship and the men

Who sail her smartly into victory.

Blow, winds, blow,

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

For the Bluenose is sailing once again.

3 comments:

  1. Oh Karen, thanks for posting this. I too love the Bluenose and I'll be watching the Livefeed tomorrow. A ride on her is on my Bucket List ...maybe next summer...

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  2. Thank you Karen - we will try to watch!! So exciting! I wish we could be there - Lunenberg and Mahone Bay are two of my most favourite places!! Thanks for posting!!

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  3. How interesting - I have heard of Bluenose and hadn't realised the re-launch was so close! It's on right now.

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