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Bluenose II — No Way to Restore a Schooner

The new construction/restoration of the Canadian schooner Bluenose II has not gone well.  Years behind schedule and millions over budget. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is calling it a “boondoggle” and is demanding an investigation into the project.  Recent lawsuits involving the … Continue reading

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Who are Jonathan & Mary? A Mystery from a 28 Year Old Letter in a Bottle

A 23 year old Croatian kite surfer, Matea Medak Rezic, found a letter in a broken bottle on a beach at the mouth of the Neretva River in the southern Adriatic. The letter was brief: “Mary, you really are a great person. … Continue reading

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Bon Voyage to the Barque Picton Castle – Bound for the South Pacific

The sail training ship, the barque Piction Castle, sailed from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia this morning, bound for Grenada, then through the Panama Canal on a voyage to the South Pacific.  To follow the Picton Castle on her voyage click here. The Picton Castle, captained by … Continue reading

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Schooner Bluenose II Launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

The schooner Bluenose II has been launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  The local news outlets referred to the event as the “relaunching” of the schooner though as the hull was completely replaced and only some portion of the Douglas fir deck was re-used, it … Continue reading

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Update: Removing the MV Miner from Nova Scotia’s Scatarie Island

Last October, we posted about the MV Miner, ex Canadian Miner, a Great Lakes bulk carrier whose tow rope snapped on the way to the scrap yard. The ship drifted onto Scatarie Island, off the coast of Cape Breton in Nova … Continue reading

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Yacht Tabasco 2 Disabled off Nova Scotia – 1 Dead, 2 Injured & 3 Missing

UPDATE:  The Canadian government is now treating the casualty as an attempt at human smuggling.  Toews links N.S. yacht accident to ‘human smuggling’ There are reports of a tragic and strange sailboat accident off Canada’s Nova Scotia coast.  Nine men, reported to … Continue reading

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Land and Sea – Nova Scotia Schooners On-Line Now

Last Sunday we posted about the CBC program,Land and Sea, which was broadcasting a half hour documentary on traditional schooners in Nova Scotia. It is now available to watch on-line. The documentary tells the story of four different schooner owners … Continue reading

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Land and Sea – Nova Scotia Schooners

In the United States, we have seen an explosion of so-called “reality TV,” which is usually more akin to unscripted soap opera than reality, fortunately.   In Canada, however, the CBC has some wonderful programming which is reality television in … Continue reading

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Sable Island, Graveyard of the Atlantic and Home to Wild Horses, Becomes Canada’s Newest National Park

This week Sable Island became the Canada’s newest national park.  Almost three hundred kilometers out into the Atlantic off the coast of Nova Scotia, it is a scimitar shaped sandbar which seems to have no business being there at all. … Continue reading

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Barque Picton Castle Announces New Atlantic Voyage

After five circumnavigations, Captain Daniel Moreland and the Barque Picton Castle will be changing their course for this year’s voyage focusing primarily on the Atlantic visiting ports in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Spanish Main. World Voyaging Tall Ship Picton Castle Announces New Voyage Around … Continue reading

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