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Apr
09

Day 185 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

This Is Lunenburg

Lunenburg was founded in 1753 and was named in honour of the King of Great Britain and Ireland, (George August of Hanover) who was also the ruler of Brunswick-Lunenburg. During the French and Indian War, several small forts which ringed the town were garrisoned by British regulars as well as by provincial troops from Massachusetts. These forts were erected to protect the town from raids by French warships and from attacks by the local Indians. During the initial settlement of the community there was a short-lived rebellion called the Hoffman Insurrection.

At one time an important seaport and shipbuilding centre, the town is now home to numerous small businesses, high-tech industries including Composites Atlantic and HB Studios, and trade plants including High Liner Foods, which was at one point the largest fish plant in Canada. This plant now handles little more than manufacturing and most fishing is done offshore.

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Lunenburg is the birthplace of the world famous schooner Bluenose and her daughter Bluenose II which remains an important tourist attraction in the town, her home port. Tourism is now Lunenburg’s most important industry and many thousands visit the town each year. A number of restaurants, inns, hotels and shops exist to service the tourist trade including the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

The original inhabitants of Lunenburg (mostly Germans from the southern Rhineland, Swiss and French Protestants from Montbeliard) came during the same wave of immigration that produced the Pennsylvania Dutch. They were “Foreign Protestants” encouraged by the British to settle in the area. Many of the original families (such as the Zwickers, the Tanners and the Smiths) and their descendants still inhabit and influence the development of the town today.

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I opened the door of this rustic building along the shore of Lunenburg Harbour to discover this timeless Dory sailboat workshop, wow!!!!

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The fishing vessel Chockle Cap is owned and operated by Adams & Knickle Limited of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  She is one of the company’s scallop draggers and has been plying the waters of George’s Bank and Southwest Nova Scotia for 22 years.

Lunenburg Shipyard and Adams & Knickle have been doing business for a century.  The shipyard acts as a partner in the scallop business by drydocking and maintaining their vessels on an annual basis.

The Chockle Cap is one of the last wooden fishing vessels on the East Coast of Canada and therefore requires special skills to keep her properly maintained.  Lunenburg Shipyard is proud of the partnership with local companies to keep vessels like the Chockle Cap fishing for many years to come.

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This is the boat shed in which the Bluenose two was built in. The pride and joy of Lunenburg.

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Dave show off a brass propeller, one of the many quality items they cast down at the Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering Ltd.

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“NorseBoat” Boat builder and Designer Kevin Jeffrey

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Keith, owner of the Eastern Star, is restoring this classic, 48 foot Danish wooden sailboat. Keith hopes to have the Eastern Star back in the water in May of this year, just in time for the tourism season in Lunenburg.

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60 years of wood and repairs are exposed underneath the 2 inch thick planks.

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Repairing a sailboat is back and neck-breaking work!

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A small Dory sailboat sits on the shore of Lunenburg Harbour.

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Derrik left the Lunenburg Harbour at 4am to go fishing for Lobster, and I met up with him 12 hours later with his catch. A single plastic fish tub, “not even worth going out for that many Lobster!” More and more these days it seems fishing is more of a hobby then a business. Lunenburg once had a 100 fishing boats in its harbour, now there are under 10 boats.

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Full moon over Lunenburg

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Paul Stephens takes a final look at his make up before heading out onto stage to do a KISS tribute at the Knot Pub. The Halifax boys put on a great show to an eager full house in Lunenburg.

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KISS Tribute!!

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Darren and Debbie and enjoy a night out with friends at the Knot Pub.

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Boy meet girl, boy likes girl at the Knot Pub in Lunenburg.

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Reporting From The Canadian Landscape

Coming from Alberta, where the largest boat you might see is 40 feet long on Sylvan Lake, it was quite a thrill to see these giant wooden fishing boats towering 40 feet in the air, wow!

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1 Response to “Day 185 – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia”


  1. 1 M. J. Cimon
    May 3, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I know there are a lot of fishermen in your province. Surely you will be able to help me. I want to purchase a fisherman’s hat – what I call a fisherman’s hat – the one with the big brim, water repellent, yellow (I prefer black), covering the back of the neck and preventing the eyes from getting wet (wide brimmed, as I said), and it seems to me the most popular hat worn by lobster fishermen, along with their matching raincoats – A BEAUTIFUL, waterproof outfit!! When I walk in the rain, I am sick and tired of carrying an umbrella. All I need is my raincoat, which I have, and that wonderful, utilitarian hat! Please tell me where I can purchase one. I leave this to the experts – you all! By the way, you know what I dream about doing one day – visiting Nova Scotia and eating as much lobster as I want, until I am almost ill – just once in my life. Do you still have lobster cook-outs, right on the beach, ecc.? That would be the closest thing to heaven that I will ever see, be sure. Thank you for your help.

    M. J. Cimon


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