Webcams broadcast Bluenose II reconstruction
Published Friday, June 3, 2011 9:50PM EDT
Workers who are busy reconstructing the historic Bluenose II schooner are receiving support from far and wide -- including snacks brought by admirers.
Three webcams are recording images of the ship as it takes shape in Lunenburg, N.S., and beaming them around the world online. That's helped spur a widespread following among those who are fascinated by the old ways being used to build the wooden vessel.
Scores of visitors have been stopping by to see the reconstruction in person as well. It's not unusual for more than 100 people to visit the giant tent housing the ship's skeleton on any given day.
"It's great to come in and see that kind of skill, and know that we still have that kind of workmanship in Canada," said tourist Martin Shields. "It's fantastic."
The fact that so many people are interested in the reconstruction gives the workers more pride, according to project manager Wade Croft.
In February, some fans of the project began expressing their support via foodstuffs. The first batch of snacks arrived in the form of coffee and donuts in February. A man from Sudbury, Ont., had made arrangements with a local Tim Hortons and a taxi company to have the goodies delivered to the construction site.
More coffee and donuts soon arrived from Texas. Then a businessman from Montreal decided he would send them every week.
Ron Kaulbach had been watching the ship's progress online from Montreal. His family has roots in Lunenberg, and he wanted the workers to be appreciated as much as the vessel they're building.
"I said, ‘How many workers?' I think there were 12 or 13. I said, ‘Well what would coffee and muffins cost, let's say every Thursday?'" he recalled.
"It certainly doesn't come as a surprise to me that people from afar take an interest in the rebuilding of the Bluenose," Kaulbach added.
Croft says that when the coffee arrives at the construction site, "it's just like seagulls following the fishing boats."
Gifts have also arrived in the town from Europe and beyond, toasting the people bringing a Canadian masterpiece back to life.
With reports from CTV's Atlantic Bureau Chief Todd Battis and CTV Atlantic's Rick Grant