We need a Bluenose of our own

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Congratulations to Henry Vokey on his honorary degree from Memorial University.

I am the proud owner of one of Henry’s creations. He built me a beautiful 16-foot rodney about 15 years ago and I am still happily rowing/sailing and sculling it. Went out and got my five fish in it during the food fishery.

He doesn’t stop! A 57-foot schooner is rapidly taking shape in his shop as I write, and this brings me to my point.

Another nearby province with a similar maritime heritage celebrates the past with the ultimate symbol of that past. The Bluenose is recognized internationally and I think all Nova Scotians take a great deal of pride in this magnificent vessel.

So why don’t we have a similar provincial symbol?

We have the man to oversee the construction (hope you don’t mind me volunteering you, Henry!) and surely the money could be raised through a private endowment fund. Perhaps some of the original merchant families might be interested?

Where is our schooner?

Dave Paddon

St. John’s

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  • Jeff
    October 11, 2013 - 07:32

    Well we do have the Matthew. Oh, and the Kyle. Don't forget the Kyle! If we did have the Bluenose, it would be half-sunk, torn apart for steel and left to rust in Conception Harbour.

  • Cashin Delaney
    October 11, 2013 - 05:16

    We have the Matthew as a symbol. The Kyle, has been naturally, symbolically displayed for years.