Day 13 |
Oct 02, 2011

By Hans-Peter Reinthaler, Botanist

Co-ordinates: 44° 22`N, 64° 19`W
Weather: rainy
Air Temperature: 16°C

It was a foggy and rainy day as the Silver Explorer dropped anchor in front of the little town of Lunenburg on the west coast of Nova Scotia. The Zodiac operations to get our guests ashore started at 08:45 and the ride to the landing site was only about five minutes but very wet. Although the weather was not the best today, it was worth it to come ashore to have a look at the little town of Lunenburg and especially the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.

In the three-floor building of the museum, which was in former times a fish factory, a lot of activities were prepared for our guests. On the second floor a group of fiddlers entertained with local music. Also on this level, one could read all about the history of the famous schooner Bluenose.

The third floor was dedicated to a history of local fishermen and their lifestyle, and our guests could observe and participate in sail making. A dory was built and we also learned waht fishermen’s wives did when their men were out at sea. A small group of German singers presented typical German songs, as Lunenburg also has German roots in its history.

On the first floor, an aquarium gave insight into the ocean life of this region. In several water tanks, fishes like Atlantic Cod, Pollock, Halibut, Atlantic salmon, were shown. My colleague Robin Aiello together with a local guide explained the biology and adaptations of these animals. Outside the museum two fishing boats were lying on the pier and visitors could have a chat with the captains of them.

At 10:45 we enjoyed a short walk through the village, together with a visit to the shipyard where the Bluenose II is being renovated. Although it was still raining, 18 guests joined my colleague Claire and I on this excursion. The village was still sleepy on this Sunday morning but the different colors and the style of the houses gave a very nice impression of this little fishing community.

Once at the shipyard a short introduction was given to the history of the Bluenose, and, equipped with hardhats, we entered the hall were the Bluenose II is being refurbished. I have to say that although the ship is not ready yet, she is just beautiful in her form and style. Five different woods were used for the refurbishing. Mostly native woods from the region or North America but for the hull they used a special hard wood from the rainforests of South America. Next year the Bluenose II should be ready and then offering mainly daily tours for tourists along the coast of Nova Scotia.

After coming back to the landing site it was time for the last Zodiac. With an amazing impression of this spot, we left Lunenburg and the Silver Explorer set sail for our next destination – Bermuda.
The afternoon program was filled with a lecture from me about “Biodiversity – counting life on earth”. Were I gave a short overview of the state of Biodiversity at the moment and its importance for mankind.

In a relaxing tea time were Claire was hosting the Team Trivia, I enjoyed a cup of coffee and a chat to guests.
In the recap and briefing our Expedition Leader Conrad Combrink talked shortly about the weather forecast for our crossing to Bermudas, followed by a recap from all five members of the lecturer team.

In the evening our guests enjoyed a delicious dinner in the Restaurant making our way along the coast of North America into warmer areas of the Atlantic