The official relaunch will lower the Bluenose II into the water from the 1,200-tonne marine railway and winch it out, link by link, to be towed beside the Fisheries Museum for the event.
"Bluenose II is a Canadian icon that symbolizes Nova Scotia's prominence in the fishing and shipbuilding industries," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova. "Our Government invested in this project to spur economic growth, create jobs in Nova Scotia and preserve an important part of Canada's maritime history. I congratulate all those who worked so hard to make the Bluenose II relaunch possible."
"So many people have been waiting for this day to come, the excitement is at fever pitch," said the Honourable Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. "We expect thousands of people to see the Bluenose II officially return to the water on September 29. Massive wooden ship launches have changed significantly over the past 50 years. Safety is key nowadays so there isn't the big splash anymore."
"It will be absolutely magical to see her back in the water," said Lawrence Mawhinney, Mayor of Lunenburg. "We look forward to this wonderful event with great anticipation."
"It will be the deepest launch ever out of the foundry in Lunenburg," said Peter Kinley, President of the Lunenburg Foundry, and one of the partners in the Lunenburg Shipbuilding Alliance. "She will then go to our foundry wharf at the head of the harbour to get rigged and commissioned."
Highlights of the relaunch event will feature family entertainment and local talent in the afternoon. The evening Bluenose ll celebration will include top East Coast talent, a video and a fireworks presentation.
A redesigned website for the sailing icon has also been launched. For up-to-date information please visit www.bluenose.novascotia.ca.
Infrastructure Canada - Bluenose II to Officially Relaunch September 29