Bluenose II opens to public on Satur­day


The Bluenose II will be avail­able for public tours on Satur­day af­ter un­der­go­ing a ma­jor restora­tion that went over bud­get and took much longer to com­plete than sched­uled.

Mem­bers of the public will be able to tour the ship af­ter it sails into the har­bour in Lunenburg, N.S., and be­fore it be­gins of­fer­ing sail­ing har­bour tours on July 19.

The schooner is mak­ing its re­turn as Nova Sco­tia’s sail­ing am- bas­sador af­ter a restora­tion that has been fraught with prob­lems.

It was sup­posed to re­turn to the wa­ter in 2011 and was the sub­ject of a re­port by the province’s au­di­tor gen­eral, who blamed the de­lay on the Her­itage Depart­ment’s fail­ure to fol- low ba­sic man­age­ment prac­tices.

The Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment es­ti­mated ear­lier this month that the restora­tion has cost $19.5 mil­lion, plus about $5 mil­lion re­main­ing on an out­stand­ing claim yet to be set­tled.

When the restora­tion was an­nounced in 2009 by the pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, the bud­get was set at $14.4 mil­lion.

Half of the orig­i­nal bud­get was to come from a fed­eral in­fra­struc­ture fund.

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