The Bluenose sails home to Lunenburg

26 07 2009

Lunenburg is the home port of the Bluenose II.  She sailed up to Halifax for the Tall ships Festival and then returned to Lunenburg on the Tuesday morning. Here she is leaving Halifax on Monday after the Parade of Sail.


And I saw her passing our house early Tuesday morning and headed to the harbour for this video.

The Caledonia, another Lunenburg ship, actually returned on Monday evening as we sat on the deck at Cameron’s and I got this photo below.

Concordia returning

The Unicorn, Larinda, Concordia and PeersFancy  also all sailed in to Lunenburg to continue the festival. This is someone else’s photo of the Unicorn in Halifax.


The Unicorn was built  in 1947 from metal from old German submarines. It was first of all a Dutch motor fishing vessel, but  when its fishing days were over it was converted to a sailing ship and renamed the Unicorn.  It is now a sail training ship for women and is the only all female crewed Tall Ship.

The  Larinda is a replica of a 1767 schooner, built over a period of 26 years by Larry Mahan of Barnstable, Mass.  She was a labour of love, full of wood carvings and fancy and fun. Mahan sailed her in many Tall Ships events, where she was much admired. Then in 2003, having taken shelter in Halifax Harbour during Hurricane Juan, she was rammed by another ship during the storm and sank, right next to a sewerage outlet. It was a big mess, and Mahan despaired of ever being able to repair her.

Larinda's stern, reflected in the waterLarinda’s stern, reflected in the water of Lunenburg Harbour

The salvaged boat was bought by a Nova Scotia couple who live on St. Margaret’s Bay, and is being carefully restored.  Larinda didn’t actually make it to the Halifax Tall Ships event, and hasn’t been fully rigged yet. But she was towed to Lunenburg and rafted up alongside the schooner Unicorn, from whose deck we could admire her. Larinda is sporting a new colour scheme of black, white and bronze instead of green and off-white (see photos of Larinda before the sinking).  Her distinctive red battened junk sails were irreparably damaged, and her new sails will be white. The frog in the tricorner hat still graces her bow, and her brasswork is shiny.

It was nice to see this ship in Lunenburg and hopefully we’ll see her under sail in the not too distant future.




2 responses

25 08 2011
DeeAnn Tokar

Did you know, when Captain Larry was a young boy, he read a book called “Little Gray Men.” It was about three brothers . . . gnomes . . .. who went hiking along side a river. One of the gnomes suddenly disappeared from the others. The two brothers built a boat and went up the river looking for their brother.
This is the book that “inspired” Captain Larry to build the Larinda.
DeeAnn Tokar
Willoughby, OH

25 08 2011

Thanks for visiting my Blog. Your story about the inspiration for the Larinda makes good reading. It’s a fine ship. I must get some photos of it in it’s new colours.

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