ERIE, Pa., May 21, 2019 (Newswire.com) - An icon found on both the Canadian postage stamp and dime, BLUENOSE II will join the Tall Ships Erie 2019 festival lineup, occurring Aug 22-25.
Known by many as the "Queen of the North Atlantic," the original Bluenose was built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and is considered one of the world's fastest fishing schooners, taking home first prize in the International Fisherman's Race from 1921 until 1938 under Captain Angus Walters.
The Bluenose II was built in 1963 after Bluenose was lost after striking a reef near Haiti in 1946. The Bluenose II, sailing at 181 feet long and 125 feet high, serves as the icon for Nova Scotia's maritime heritage and tourism. In 2012, the ship was extensively rebuilt to look more like the original, accurately depicting the deck layout. The 191-ton ship holds a crew of 20, who each upholds the mission of sharing the Bluenose II with the public.
The Bluenose II will be docked at the Bayfront Convention Center after the Parade of Sail on Thursday, Aug. 22. Tall Ships Erie 2019, presented by Highmark, will take place Aug. 22-25, 2019. The festival will showcase 14 tall ships, deck tours, day sails, live music and entertainment, children's activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, a beer garden and much more. To purchase tickets or for more information go to tallshipserie.org.
About Tall Ships Challenge
Tall Ships America organizes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® annual series of tall ship races and maritime port festivals to celebrate our rich maritime heritage and traditions and to inform the general public about the transformative power of adventure and education under sail®. In 2019, the tall ship races are officially sponsored by Erie Insurance. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company offering auto, home, business and life insurance through a network of more than 12,000 local independent Erie agents.
Source: Visit Erie