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Original specifications:- Schooner (2m), L/B/D 43.6m * 8.2m * 4.8m, Hull: Wood, Complement: 22-28, Designer: William J Roue, Built: Smith & Rhuland, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; 1921
Blue Nose yacht was designed specifically for the International Trophy, a prize established by W. H. Dennis, publisher of the Halifax Herald; the prize was established to answer the complaint that the America Cup races were between yachts rather than working vessels.
Her first skipper was Angus Walters, one of the most successful fisherman on the Grand Banks. Blue Nose beat all comers handily and was chosen to represent Canada in the race against the US defender Elsie. Blue nose beat the former by margins of more than two miles. She participated in the trophy race again in the following couple of years.
For eight years, the trophy was not contested until 1930. In 1930, Blue Nose lost against the Gertrude L. Thebaud, but won the following year.
The yacht attended the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1932, and was visited by thousands of admirers.
In 1935, she was again on exhibit, this time in England and came third in a race around the Isle of Wight.
In 1937, the last of the International trophy races was held in Massachusetts. Blue Nose returned the trophy by winning three out of five races against Thebaud.
Blue Nose was sold to the West Indies Trading Company in 1942.
Under Captain Wilson Berringer, she sailed in the inter-island trade until 1946, where she grounded off Tahiti, and sank.
Images of the graceful schooner have adorned Canadian stamps and coins, and after her loss, her memory remained very much alive in the Canadian imagination. In 1963, the Government of Nova Scotia built Bluenose II, a replica of the original, which sails as a goodwill ambassador for the province.
Darrach, Race to Fame. Merkel & MacAskill, Schooner Bluenose.
You can also refer to the Delawana model for a brief history of the race that led to the building of the Blue Nose.