80 PCS 3D Puzzle - BlueNose the Canadian Racing Schooner 9813-17
80PCS 3D Puzzle - BlueNose the Canadian Racing Schooner 9813-17
This is a very detailed 80 PCS collectible 3D Puzzle - BLUENOSE - the Canadian Racing Schooner
Finished size: 17.3" x 3.2" x 15.4" (44cm x 8cm x 39cm)
Bluenose was a Canadian fishing and racing schooner from Nova Scotia built in 1921. She was later commemorated by a replica Bluenose II built in 1963. A celebrated racing ship and hard-working fishing vessel, Bluenose became a provincial icon for Nova Scotia as well as important Canadian symbol in the 1930s. The name "bluenose" originated as a nickname for Nova Scotians from as early as the late 18th century.
Designed by William Roue and built by Smith and Rhuland, Bluenose was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on March 26, 1921, and christened by Audrey Marie Smith. She was built to be a racing ship and fishing vessel. This was in response to the defeat of the Nova Scotian Fishing Schooner Delawana by the Gloucester Massachusetts fishing schooner Esperanto in 1920. That race was sponsored by the Halifax Herald newspaper.
After a season fishing on the Grand Banks, Bluenose defeated Elsie (out of Gloucester), returning the International Fisherman's Trophy to Nova Scotia. In 1930, off Gloucester, Massachusetts, she was defeated 2-0 in the inaugural Sir Thomas Lipton International Fishing Challenge Cup by perhaps her most celebrated competitor, the Gertrude L Thebaud. However, over the next 17 years of racing, no challenger, American or Canadian, could wrest the International Fishermen's Trophy from her.
It is notable that she was no mere racing ship, but also a general fishing craft that was worked hard throughout her lifetime. She fished scallops and other kinds of seafood, and at least once won competitions for the largest catches of the season and similar awards.
Fishing schooners became obsolete during the 1930s, displaced by motor schooners and trawlers. Despite efforts to keep her in Nova Scotia, the Bluenose was sold to work as a freighter in the West Indies. Laden with bananas, she struck a coral reef Offlle a Vache Haiti on January 28, 1946. Wrecked beyond repair, fortunately with no loss of life, she was abandoned on the reef.
Various divers and filmmakers have claimed to have found the wreck of Bluenose, most recently in June 2005 by divers from the Caribbean Marine Institute searching for Henry Morgan's ship HMS Oxford. However the multiple wrecks on the reef at Île à Vache and the scattered condition of the wreckage has made identification difficult.