Like most Canuckians, I've spent a lifetime looking at this image on the back of our 10 cent coin. Behold the Bluenose, Canada's most famous ship --
The Bluenose was built in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in the 1920s as a fishing and racing schooner. During the 1930s, she was the undefeated North American sailing champion. But in 1949, the Bluenose was shipwrecked off Haiti while serving as a freighter in the West Indies. A replica built in 1963 was christened Bluenose II. A couple of years ago, the Bluenose II was completely refurbished, her beauty made new once more.
So guess what was floating at the dock when My Rare One and I were in Lunenburg this summer --
Even with her sails furled, the Bluenose II is an impressive sight.
The public is allowed to go onboard (free of charge) at certain hours each day so of course we took advantage of the opportunity!
It was such a treat to explore this Canadian icon up close and personal. And yes, of course I bought a souvenir t-shirt. It was my patriotic duty.
[First photo from the internet. All other photos © Debra She Who Seeks 2015]