Spirit of Tradition
The humble beginnings of the famous Bluenose I in Lunenburg affected many lives. Sailmaker Arthur J. Hebb (1864-1929) enjoyed the distinct honour of making her sails and on May 7, 1921 was paid $1003.00 for the job. When Michele's great-grandfather Randolph started sailmaking at the turn of the century, he used a needle and plan to sew his sails. Randolph required a heavy duty machine in the 1930's and purchased a Singer from the wide of Mr. Hebb. The machine initially was powered by a "one lunger" and a drive belt fed up through the floor to the machine on the second floor. Eventually, an electric motor was installed. This machine is still in working order and is used in our loft.