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Book Review: Forever Bluenose

The Bluenose, a schooner designed by W. J. Roue and constructed in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, was launched in 1921.

Ever since, this now famous and majestic boat has been the pride and joy of Nova Scotians. It even graces the obverse of the Canadian dime.

The Bluenose serves as a symbol of a culture of enterprise and self-sufficiency, and off shore banks fishery when it was vibrant and commercially lucrative (especially the cod fishing).

This excellent book tells the story of a few incarnations of the Bluenose, the latest of which was “launched” in 2012.

In actual fact, this version of the Bluenose is still moored in Lunenburg for final touches and approval by international agencies with regard to compliance to rules and regulations.

The last retrofitting (more or less rebuilding) started in 2009 with provincial and federal governments funding the major portion of

$ 12.0 million project, but now it appears, the whole project will cost a little mote than $ 19.0 million due to unforeseen circumstances.

Cost overruns of government projects are prone to overruns partly because of bureaucracy, and partly because of the nature of project.

Nova Scotia or the federal government in Canada are not the only ones. In most other countries such major projects always run into cost overruns.

The narrative of the book tells the story well and in detail, but it is the photography that captures the beauty of the Bluenose and how dedicated craftsmen have accomplished the task.

Highly recommended.

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