This was the only component of the renewed Bluenose II not in place this morning. At dockside these wooden mast extensions are currently being refinished. A portion of the Bluenose can be seen in her berth at right.
The Bluenose II was created by the Oland family of Halifax as a promotion for its Schooner beer product. When they lost interest in it, it was acquired by the Province of Nova Scotia and maintained as a sailing advertisement for the province in foreign ports. She is now quite an elderly lady and usually sails close to her home port. Some marine experts give her about five years of continuing semi-active life, but the Province is convinced that she can continue for many more years.