Canadian Hero: The Bluenose has a Poop Deck

June 17, 2008 at 11:02 am 7 comments

In the early part of the 1900’s Canada needed a hero.  We needed something amazing, fantastic, something the world would remember forever, or at least until something better came along.   Our wish was about to come true:  Enter the Bluenose.


(The Bluenose has been immortalized on this Canadian stamp, as well as on the Canadian dime.)

After an embarrassing defeat to the dastardly Americans in the 1920 International Fisherman’s Race a group of Nova Scotians screamed, “No more! Never again shall we lose to those dastardly Americans. Now bring us some whiskey.”

They drank that whiskey. Oh, yes, they drank it all. Then they put on blond wigs and dressed up as leprechauns.

(Why do Nova Scotians put on blond wigs and dress like leprechauns when they get drunk? Because they are Nova Scotians.)

After sobering-up they decided to build a new ship that would rival anything the world had to offer in terms of speed and coolness. The new ship would not only be fast, it would also be buoyant. This was a very good idea for a sailing vessel. Seriously, do you know how many ships end up not floating? It’s embarrassing.

(The Bluenose was able to float, unlike this Canadian cruise ship.)

They named this ship, a fishing schooner, the Bluenose, after a nickname for Nova Scotians. During the next 17 years no other ship was able to beat her in a race. Americans were so pissed-off they hired the grandson of John Wilkes Booth to assassinate the Bluenose. Luckily Booth Jr. went out drinking with a bunch of Nova Scotians dressed up as leprechauns the night before he made an attempt on the Bluenoses’ life, so the bullet missed.

The Bluenose wasn’t just used for races, it was also a working ship. She caught various sea creatures, such as scallops, fish, and mermaids.

(When the fishermen of the Bluenose caught mermaids, they didn’t throw them back. Photo from The Mertailor.)

As with all Canadian heroes the Bluenoses’ ending is rather anti-climatic. In 1938 she was sold out of country and became a tramp schooner in the Caribbean. In 1946 she wrecked off the coast of Haiti.

The Bluenose has left an amazing legacy behind her. In 1963 a replica, the Bluenose II was built. She is still sailing, and is currently a ward of Nova Scotia and serves as a goodwill ambassador. An image of the Bluenose is found on the Canadian dime, and some say that this enables the dime to float. The Bluenose and her captain, Angus J. Walters, are both in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. Millions of people around the world still admire her and fondly remember her.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. raincoaster  |  June 23, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    That clears up a lot of confusion for me. Thanks.

  • 2. C. Fraser  |  June 24, 2008 at 12:36 am

    Canadian Fermentation aims to serve!

  • […] Nova Scotia: Provincial motto – “We Like Wearing Blonde Wigs and Dressing As Leprechauns“. […]

  • 4. Ron  |  July 19, 2008 at 9:58 am

    The Bluenose is truly a beautiful schooner. I recently finished a 20″ model of her — only took me about 15 years (lots of interruptions).

    Canada is justly proud of this fine ship and her accomplishments.

  • 5. C. Fraser  |  July 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Ron. Hopefully you keep the model in a place where everyone can see it :).

  • […] Haligonians then returned to Halifax, and, after dressing up as Leprechauns and getting wasted, they tried to figure out what to do with the […]

  • 7. Celeste Bueno  |  October 19, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    hola lisabet


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