Friday, May 18, 2007

Bluenose II Refit

This year the Lunenburg based Bluenose II is getting her first major refit in two decades. As mentioned earlier, the main mast has been replaced and last week the booms were added to the masts. The main mast is 125' tall and extremely large in circumference. Starting this week, the crew have been very busy resetting new sails preparatory to sea trials.

This is a very labour intensive business involving the use of many feet of unbroken tackle. Here, a worker is seen crawling along the main boom at a height of a dozen feet from the deck. As he does so he threads his rope through grommets in the new sail.

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