Newport Shipyard Personality: Bluenose II

Built in 1963 in Lunenburg, Nova Scota, the Canadian Gaff Topsail Schooner Bluenose II is calling Newport Shipyard home during the Amica Insurance Tall Ships Rhode Island festival from June 27-July 1st. The original Bluenose, built in 1921, was designed for typical Nova Scotia Grand Banks fishing and participating in the International Fisherman's Trophy racing series between Canada and the United States. She became a national icon after remaining undefeated under Captain Angus J. Walters of Lunenburg, and is today depicted on stamps and the Canadian ten cent coin.

The 143-foot wooden schooner now servers as a goodwill ambassador for Nova Scotia, participating in Tall Ships events throughout the Western hemisphere. With 18 crewmembers, her beautiful lines and traditional looks make her one of the most beautiful boats among those visiting Newport for the Tall Ships event.

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Flag: Canada

Rig: Gaff topsail schooner

Homeport: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

Normal cruising waters: East Coast of Canada and the United States

Length: 143'

Sparred length: 181'

Draft: 16'; Beam: 27'

Sail area: 11,139 square feet

Hull: Wood