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July 28, 2014

We were up early for a quick bacon sarnie before boarding the coach for Lunenburg. Thick fog this morning with visibility about 50 meters all day. The coach stopped first to let us see the near completed Bluenose II. We were not allowed aboard but the crew stood at the rail to explain to us the expensive and extensive rebuild project of this iconic boat featured on Canada’s 10 cent coin.

Next stop was Lunenburg town where the coach stopped at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The museum includes two vessels afloat, a 1960s trawler and a 1930s sailing ship which carried 12 tiny 2 man dories on deck which line fished off the mother ship. There were also exhibits relating to shipwrecks particularly on the infamous Sable Island and the loss of lives to local fishing communities. Lunenburg town shrouded in seasonal fog nevertheless looked wonderful with its colourful clapperboard buildings. On the way back after lunch we stopped briefly at Peggy’s Cove where the fog gave the little lighthouse and surrounding smooth granite rocks a ghostly appearance.

On return to Nellie, some of us visited the most interesting three masted Sedna IV moored in the next berth along Tall Ships Quay. This Canadian vessel’s project is to publicise the scientific work being undertaken in the remote communities she visits around the world. Tomorrow she is due to sail for the Arctic; last winter she was locked in the Antarctic ice for 6 months. The project website can be found by Googling “1000 days for the Planet”. After an interesting day in Nova Scotia all our crew came back aboard for the night through the strict dockside security here which treats us like a cruise ship.

Aft Starboard – Derek, Frank, Mel, Eli, Aoife, Susan, Karen, Mike, Anke/Pinky


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