A Race for Real Sailors: Bluenose and the International Fisherman's Cup 1920 - 1938

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Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Limited, Sep 1, 2009 - History - 256 pages
On October 22, 1921, the American fishing schooner Elsie, just arrived from Gloucester, MS, lined up in Halifax Harbour beside a new, untested schooner from Lunenburg, ready to race over a 40-mile ocean course. The Elsie's skipper had beaten a Canadian boat decisively the previous year to win the first International Fishermen's Cup race.

The new challenger was the Bluenose, set to begin a series of heated and often acrimonious races over the following two decades that left her bruised but unbowed, turning her into an icon whose image still shines on the Canadian dime more than eighty years later.

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About the author (2009)

Keith McLaren, born in Victoria, British Columbia, took his first shipboard job in 1969. Since then, he has worked on over thirty vessels on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Beaufort Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. He also spent two seasons sailing on the Bluenose II out of Halifax. He studied photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and his experience on the BIuenose II inspired him to write his first book, Bluenose and Bluenose II. He holds a Master’s Certificate and presently works as a captain for the B.C. Ferry Corporation. He lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife and two children.

In a diverse career, Silver Donald Cameron has written plays, films, radio and TV scripts, an extensive body of corporate and governmental writing, hundreds of magazine articles and newspaper columns, and seventeen books, including two novels.

Dr. Cameron is also a distinguished educator who holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, the University of California, and the University of London, England. He has been a high-school teacher and principal, and has served either as a professor or a writer-in-residence at six Canadian universities. From 1994 to 1997 he was the founding Dean of Community Studies at Cape Breton University.

Silver Donald Cameron is currently a weekly columnist for the Halifax Sunday Herald, and the executive producer and host of the environmental web-site, TheGreenInterview.com. He is also an extremely popular public speaker. He lives in Halifax with his wife, Marjorie Simmins, also an award-winning writer. His most recent book, Sailing Away from Winter (2007) is the story of their cruise from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas on a 31-foot sailboat.

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