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Lunenburgers consider their sailing skills second to none. So, when an aspiring sailor from Gloucester, Massachusetts captured the first North Atlantic Fishermen's Trophy in 1920, the steely Lunenburg didn't waste time sobbing in their sou'westers. On March 26, 1921, to cheering mass on land and sea, their answer, Bluenose, slipped from her berth at Smith and Rhuland shipyard. Bluenose's hull sliced the waves with a swish of white spray, slicking the imagination with sea spray and glory. With Captain Angus J. Walters at the helm, the Bluenose brought home the coveted trophy innumerable times she raced.
There was no rest for the Bluenose champion. When her full sails were not speeding her to the finish line, they were racing her to the fishing grounds where she toiled as a salt banker. As Lunenburgers, and their country, faced the harshest of depressions, the Bluenose was a spirit lift, a beacon in an era of gloom. As she aged, it seemed she might fade away and in fact, when she met her watery grave hauling freight near Haiti in 1946, many feared it was the end of an era. Yet true to her roots and humble in victory, her memory lives on. Through her stories, songs and the reincarnation of her spirit in Bluenose II, she sails on every voyage, real or imagined, a symbol of grace under pressure, triumph through toil. The legend of Bluenose II is as strong as its first launch in 1963.