An ongoing SEARCH is currently underway to establish an authentic list of the names of all hands at the SMITH and RHULAND shipyard during the construction of the SCHOONER BLUENOSE.
These men would have been working at SMITH and RHULAND from the time the keel was laid on 19 December 1920, and during the 99 days of construction up to her launching on 26 March 1921.
The original SMITH and RHULAND pay records were allegedly destroyed by fire in 1970. As a result, there is no complete list of the workers at that time. Through the FISHERIES MUSEUM of the ATLANTIC and SOUTH SHORE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, a list of thirty one names has been compiled, mostly found through obituaries, newspaper and magazine articles, and family histories. The confirmed workers to date are listed below:
BUCKMASTER, ARTHUR, MORASH, SOLOMON
CAVENDISH, VICTOR MULLOCK, ADNA
CORKUM, CLARENCE. ST.CLAIR MULLOCH, GUY
CROUSE, C. E. ROY OXNER, CHARLES
DAUPHINEE, CHARLES WILLIAM RANDALL, GILBERT,CHARLES
DEAL, AUBREY RHULAND, GEORGE, ARTHUR
FALKENHAM, HOWARD MELBOURNE RHULAND, JOHN, HANSON, CHARLES SILVER, CHARLES WILLIAM
HEBB, GEORGE W SMITH, RICHARD WESLEY
HIRTLE, CLIFFORD WILLIAM WALTERS, ANGUS JAMES
LANGILLE, MANSON WILLIS WALTERS, ROY MEDFORD
LANTZ, JACOB ARTHUR WENTZELL, GIDEON BENJAMIN
LEVY. THOMAS ESSON WESTHAVER, ARTHUR V
McISAAC, ALEXANDER DANIEL WILKIE, OSWALD NATHANIEL
MORASH, BENJAMIN HAROLD ZINCK, CREIGHTON ALBERT
We would like to ask you for assistance in this project. If you have any information on anyone who may have worked on BLUENOSE or who appears in this list we would like to hear from you. Please look through your family records, Bibles, scrapbooks and photographs and newspaper stories. Any information may be sent to:
BLUENOSE WORKERS PROJECT
Telephone: (902) – 634 – 4768 Fax: (902) – 634 – 8697
c/o Allan Browne PO Box 1832
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0
Once a complete list has been compiled, it will be placed in the FISHERIES MUSEUM of the ATLANTIC archives, so that future generations can remember the men who were such an integral part of the history of LUNENBURG.
Without the workers who actually built BLUENOSE, the names of LUNENBURG, SMITH and RHULAND, ANGUS WALTERS, WILLIAM ROUE and the CREWS who fished and raced her to fame, would not have the celebrated heritage that they enjoy today.
THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP.