On board a legend

by Devyn Kaizer

photographs by Peter Zwicker

The extensively illustrated story of Nova Scotia's iconic Bluenose

This book documents the beautiful Tall Ship Bluenose, now a sailing ambassador for the province of Nova Scotia, and tells the dramatic story of the battles and triumphs of original Bluenose.

The original Bluenose, built in Lunenburg and launched in 1921, was designed to combine a career as a racing ship with the working role fishing the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Its captain, Angus Walters, took Bluenose to five international sailing races, and was undefeated for seventeen years. By the 1930s, the vessel's achievements made it an icon for Nova Scotia and an important Canadian symbol.

The newly-restored replica, the Bluenose II, represents the wooden shipbuilding achievements and the dory-based cod fishery traditions of Nova Scotia. This book offers an interpretive guide of the ship and its complex traditional equipment. It also tells the story of the original Bluenose, with many historic photographs of the ship and its crew aboard the most famous Tall Ship in Canada in this souvenir of a vessel whose history and allure continues to captivate to this day.

About the Authors

Devyn Kaizer
Devyn Kaizer

DEVYN KAIZER studied history at Acadia University and is the Research Assistant at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenburg. Her work focuses on the Bluenose, and she spent the 2017 sailing season as the travelling interpreter for Bluenose II. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Lunenburg Heritage Society.

PETER ZWICKER is a professional photographer based in Lunenburg, the home port of Bluenose II, and is on the board of The Lunenburg Marine Museum Society — a volunteer group that operates the Bluenose II for the province of Nova Scotia.


"Zwicker's photography is stunning and Kaizer's text provides enough detail to satisfy mariners while remaining accessible for those who couldn't tell you the difference between a sheet and a boom."
Phillip Moscovitch, Atlantic Books Today

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