Bluenose II moves towards ramp for relaunch on Nova Scotia waterfront
Shipbuilders look on from below the bow of Bluenose II at a shipbuilding announcement in Lunenburg, N.S. on Friday, July 7, 2012. The sailing icon, which is undergoing a complete rebuild, is expected to be back in the water before the end of the year. (Andrew Vaughan/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
LUNENBURG - Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador is set to move for the first time since its multimillion-dollar rebuild began two years ago.
The provincial government says workers are beginning to shift the Bluenose II into a position for its relaunch on the Lunenburg waterfront, another step towards its return to the water.
Over the next few days, the vessel will slowly travel sideways onto a ramp that will allow it to enter the water.
A massive dome that has covered the Bluenose II during its $17-million restoration was removed last week.
The government says it is expected to announce a relaunch date soon.
It has said that the schooner is expected to be ready for public sailing next summer.
The Bluenose II, launched in 1963, is a replica of the original Bluenose, a Grand Banks fishing schooner that won worldwide acclaim for its graceful lines and flat-out speed.