Special Launchings

Valkyrie Visits the Festival After Re-launch

On Saturday August 5th 2006 at 4:00 p.m. the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will be launching Valkyrie off Bachman's Beach (Sandy Cove) at Second Peninsula near the site of David Stevens' boatyard. All are invited to this historic celebration. This will be a traditional tidal launch so please meet at 4:00 p.m. for a few words of welcome prior to the tide being just right.

The plan is to then sail her around to Mahone Bay for the remainder of the festival. The NS schooner association, along with various other vessels, are intending to be present for this re-launching.

Valkyrie was built by David Stevens during the winter of 1946 as part of group of 6 boats which were built for local doctors and businessmen. These boats came to be known as S-class sloops and their launching was greatly anticipated since they represented the return to recreational activities after the war. Over the past two winters the museum has undertaken an extensive restoration of Valkyrie and returned it to its original 1946 condition.

There are photos of the restoration and more information on Valkyrie on the Maritime Museum web site at http://maritime.museum.gov.ns.ca, follow the link to Events.

Birch Bark Canoe Launch

Throughout the festival Todd Labrador, a native Mi'kmaq, will be working on a birch bark canoe in the traditional Mi'kmaq manner. The birch bark canoe is significant because it represents the first boats built in Nova Scotia.

Upon completion, the canoe will be launched on the festival grounds on Sunday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m., following a Mi'kmaq tribal sweet grass ceremony.