• 5 Ships - 3 Days

    Pictou Tall Ships 2017

    June 30 to July 2, 2017 in Pictou, NS

Bluenose II

BLUENOSE II is an international sailing ambassador and is home ported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The vessel’s main purpose is to promote tourism for Nova Scotia and make the ship available for short day cruises when in Nova Scotia. The mission is to promote the history and legacy of BLUENOSE & BLUENOSE II. To teach and promote seamanship and life skills in young Canadians.

BLUENOSE II is a replica of the original BLUENOSE, which was built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Under Captain Angus Walters, she became famous as winner of the International Fishermen’s Series of schooner races from that date until the last race in 1938. BLUENOSE was featured on a Canadian postage stamp in 1928 and on the Canadian dime in 1937, where it can still be seen. The original BLUENOSE was lost in 1946 on a reef near Haiti.

BLUENOSE II built in 1963 is owned by the Province of Nova Scotia.

BLUENOSE II is operated and maintained by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society, which also operates the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

Class: A
Nationality: Canada
Length: 43.60 m
Height: 40.24 m
Rig: Shooner Gaff-Rig
Year built: 1963
Home port: Lunenburg, Canada
Official website: Bluenose II

The Bluenose II sails off the coast of Lunenburg, South Shore

The El Galeon

El Galeon

Unique replica of the Spanish galleons that for three centuries linked Asia, America and Spain and allowed the greatest interchanges of culture, people and ideas in History. They ruled the navigation through the oceans of the world and became the only commercial and cultural vehicle between continents, being responsible for the first worldwide globalization.

This replica was built in Spain by the Nao Victoria Foundation to be a unique-in-the-world vessel where tradition ans modernity meet and represent the Spanish culture. Apart from its singularity as a replica, it has more than 3,400 square foot of decks open to visitors, which make it a floating interpretive center of the history of the Spanish galleons and their role in the dissemination of the Spanish culture throughout the world and its relationship with America.

Facts and figures

More than 3,400 square foot to visit (in different decks)
6 decks
Length: 38 m
Capacity: max. 150 people/event
Maximum number of visitors per day: 5,600
Length: 164ft./Main beam: 33ft./Draft: 10,5ft.
3 Masts/7 Sails/10,000 square foot sail area
Official Facebook page: El Galeon

Gulden Leeuw

The “Gulden Leeuw” has an enormous middle deck with room for all the guests at the same time. This middle deck is adjacent to the deckhouse that will be fitted with large folding doors. This has the advantage that the deckhouse and the middle deck form one big space. The inside and the outside are combined. It will be possible to cover the entire ship. If we walk further along the deck, we pass along very wide gangways where old-style benches will be placed. And 170 seats have been provided outside alone. You reach the sun deck via the pleasant after-deck.

Our “Captain’s VIP Lounge” is next to the after-deck. A beautiful room with an open fire, Chesterfield sofas and a wide selection of good whiskies and cigars. This is a room where there is time for a good conversation.

If we walk on, we come via the cloakroom to the big deckhouse where a central bar is located. The stairs lead us down to the dining room that is being fitted in a multifunctional manner. All the tables, chairs and benches can be cleared away or rearranged in an instant. This also allows this big room to be used, for example, as a dancehall, seminar room or dormitory.

You will be impressed by the grandeur of the ship.

Overall length 52,37 Mtr.
Length over the Sparrs 69,90 Mtr.
Overall beam 860 Mtr.
Maximum draft 420 Mtr.
GT 491
Sail area 1400 m2
Air draft 40 Mtr.

The Gulden Leeuw

The HMCS Oriole

HMCS Oriole

HMCS Oriole is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy based at CFB Esquimalt in Victoria, British Columbia. She is a 31 metres (101 ft 8 in) sailing ketch, currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, and also the longest serving commissioned ship.

Oriole was originally laid down as Oriole IV, the successor in a line of vessels named Oriole that were in service as the personal yachts of prominent families at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club of Toronto, Ontario. She was sometimes referred to as the club's unofficial flagship. Work was stopped on her construction due to a strike, but the vessel was taken to Neponset, Massachusetts where she was completed. The ship was launched in June 1921.

During the Second World War she was chartered by the Royal Canadian Navy as a training vessel. Following the war the ship was returned to the Navy League, she was again chartered by the Navy as a new recruit training vessel in 1950. Oriole IV subsequently moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1951. She was officially commissioned HMCS Oriole 19 June 1952, and two years later the navy moved her to CFB Esquimalt to become a training vessel to the Naval Officer Training Centre. In 1956 she was purchased outright and attached to HMCS Venture at Esquimalt.

Oriole provides sail training to junior officers and non-commissioned officers as part of their introduction to life at sea. She also provides a venue for teamwork exercises and adventure training available to all of the Canadian Forces. She participates in many events, races and public relation day sails in support of local charities.

Facts and figures

Type: Sail training ketch
Displacement: 92 tonnes
Length: 102 ft (31 m)
Beam: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Height: 94 ft (29 m)
Draught: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Installed power: Auxiliary engine 165 hp (123 kW) Cummins diesel, 1 shaft
Propulsion: 15,700 sq ft (1,460 m2) of sail
Sail plan: Marconi rig
Speed: 8 knots (15 km/h)
Complement: 1 senior officer, 2 senior petty officers (POs), 2 junior POs. 16 supernumary junior officers and POs.


Spaniel was designed and built in Poland in 1979 as a single handed ocean racer. In 1980, Polish Yachtsmen took line honours in the Ostar 80 race after a 19 day Westward Atlantic Crossing. From 1982-97, the Academy of Science for research and occasional cruising and racing used Spaniel.

Privately owned since 1997, Spaniel is engaged in Sail Training for Latvian youngsters and enjoyed successes in the many of the Tall Ships Races.

Spaniel is a really fast ship with a unique history (from a single-handed OSTAR racer to a sail training yacht with a crew of 12). It has a very open and democratic crew that spends a lot of time together on and off the water. One thing is for sure - we like to compete... and to win!


Class: C
Nationality: Latvia
Year built: 1979
Home port: Riga, Latvia
Rig: Bm Sloop
Height: 23.43 m
Length: 17.05 m

The Spaniel