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Willie-O Origin: The Bluenose (56* d) RE: Bluenose song 20 Sep 08

Don't know anything about this song, but I saw an absolutely fantastic doc about the old Bluenose the other night. "The Queen and the Skipper" . It had stunning vintage footage--they had film of the old girl being launched in Lunenberg in '21! It was a big day for the town--they knew she was more than special. This was followed by a lot of footage of the great schooner races of the 20's and 30's.

It featured wonderful interviews with a sparkling gent, the late Clem Hiltz, who crewed on her as a young fella, and much discussion (and film) of her legendary skipper and owner Capt. Angus Walters. That's where this song kind of falls down on the job--the fame of the big black schooner has everything to do with auld Angus, who seemed to have practically a psychic connection with her--but the writer didn't seem to know this key fact. (To be fair, Stan Rogers didn't mention Walters either in his song).

I bet anyone who's ever smelled saltwater would be as thrilled with this show as I often do you get to see the Bluenose take on the Gertrude Thebaud again?   

Look it up--you won't be disappointed.


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