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Bluenose ll restoration attracts global audience

By Kevin Jess     Feb 11, 2011 in World
Lunenburg - The Bluenose ll, Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador has been attracting attention worldwide since work on its restoration began in Lunenburg. Web cams have attracted people from as far away as Kuwait.
Bluenose II is a replica of the fishing schooner Bluenose and was launched at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia on July 24, 1963, built to original plans and by many of the same workers as the original schooner. She now serves as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador.
In May 2009, the provincial and federal government announced support for a major restoration of the Bluenose II. The project is valued at $14.8 million.
In July 2010, the province of Nova Scotia awarded a $12.5 million contract for the restoration of Bluenose II to a consortium of three Nova Scotia shipyards.
Construction of the replacement for the vessel's hull has begun on the Lunenburg waterfront using modern wooden boat building methods and Angelique timber for strength. The hull should be completed by the end of March.
In a press release NS Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage David Wilson said, "With the ingenuity and experience of these Nova Scotia boat builders, and the leadership of government, Bluenose II will carry on as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador for years to come."
Public access to the project is being provided by three web cams streaming non-stop video of the work to a worldwide audience. You can even add the Bluenose ll as a friend on Facebook.
Mr. Wilson said, "It's not very often that a traditional boat-building project of this scale takes place in Nova Scotia. We want Nova Scotians and the world to be able to see this provincial and national icon take shape."
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