L B Jenson
In this magnificent work, L.B. Jenson, noted marine artist and historic illustrator, has adapted and expanded his limited edition portfolio Bluenose II, The Last of the Tall Schooners to create a lasting memento of the great fishing schooners. These measured drawings of the Bluenose II were carefully produced and checked while she was a fully-rigged and working schooner. All aspects of her design have been painstakingly reproduced -- her deck fittings and housings, booms, gaffs, bowsprit, rigging, etc. -- and are supported by illustration of the schooner under sail. Enlarged drawings of the hull, masts and sails are included for building enthusiasts.
In addition to the Bluenose II drawings, Jenson also provides, with precision and detail, an illustrated history of the bank fishery under sail, from hauling trawls and squid jigging, dressing cod and weighing halibut, to navigation and wind scales.
The Bluenose II, commissioned by the Oland family in 1963, is the last living example of the great two-masted schooners. It is a perfect sailing replica of the original Bluenose, designed by W.J. Roué and built in 1921 at the Lunenburg shipyeard of Smith & Rhuland.
The labour of love stands as a tribute to generations of seamen and shipbuilders everywhere and is such an authentic masterpiece that shipwright John Rhuland, who has overseen the building of both schooners, wept with joy upon seeing Jenson's detailed drawings presented here.