Nova Scotia thieves steal Bluenose captains historic weather vane

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – The RCMP are seeking the public’s help in the theft of an historic object once owned by Nova Scotia’s most famous sea captain — Capt. Angus Walters, skipper of the schooner Bluenose.The Mounties say that some time between last September and July 17, someone broke into a property in Kingsburg, N.S., and stole a brass weather vane once owned by Walters, who skippered the famous schooner during its racing heyday in the 1920s and 1930s.The 45-centimetre weather vane is in the shape of a sperm whale, and was stolen from a shed.Police say the item holds sentimental as well as historic value.Built in Lunenburg in 1921, the original Bluenose was a Grand Banks schooner often used for fishing, but it won international fame for its speed — routinely defeating the fastest American schooners.It remained undefeated until its final race in 1938 and was later sold off and used as a tramp freighter until it hit a reef and was wrecked off Haiti in 1946.last_img read more