Bluenose and the Masons?

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I am making great progress solving this mystery. I contacted the people at Bluenose II and received a very quick reply with a link to this video:


It seems that the Bluenose was built and owned by three masons including the captain and it was very much a Masonic project. (This video also includes some of the clearest pictures of the Bluenose that I've seen yet.)

So that answers the first part of my question. Now I just have to discover when and why the Masonic emblem was changed to the three links and whether or not it is in fact the Odd Fellows emblem, but I increasingly suspect that it is.

The person at Bluenose II also told me that there is still a Masonic Lodge in Lunenburg, so I'll contact them and see what information they can provide and I'll search and see if I can find an Odd Fellows Lodge as well.

Soon I will have to decide where my loyalties lie - with the Masons or the Odd Fellows and which way I want to depict the model. I have never been much interested in fraternal organizations (I tend to not join things that require a costume), so I think it will come down to which design is easier to duplicate and I have a feeling I already know the answer to that question, but we'll see.
You will be contacting Unity Lodge No. 4 to see what additional records that they have.
Great research on you part. Rich
 
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You will be contacting Unity Lodge No. 4 to see what additional records that they have.
Great research on you part. Rich
You will be contacting Unity Lodge No. 4 to see what additional records that they have.
Great research on you part. Rich
I am making great progress solving this mystery. I contacted the people at Bluenose II and received a very quick reply with a link to this video:


It seems that the Bluenose was built and owned by three masons including the captain and it was very much a Masonic project. (This video also includes some of the clearest pictures of the Bluenose that I've seen yet.)

So that answers the first part of my question. Now I just have to discover when and why the Masonic emblem was changed to the three links and whether or not it is in fact the Odd Fellows emblem, but I increasingly suspect that it is.

The person at Bluenose II also told me that there is still a Masonic Lodge in Lunenburg, so I'll contact them and see what information they can provide and I'll search and see if I can find an Odd Fellows Lodge as well.

Soon I will have to decide where my loyalties lie - with the Masons or the Odd Fellows and which way I want to depict the model. I have never been much interested in fraternal organizations (I tend to not join things that require a costume), so I think it will come down to which design is easier to duplicate and I have a feeling I already know the answer to that question, but we'll see.
I am a Masonic representative to New Foundland and am applying for the same relationship with Nova Scotia which with the COVID shutdown has halted all activites for the present. Thanks for your work. PT-2 Rich
 
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Hey Rich, unfortunately you won't get a reply from David Lester. He is no longer a member here at Ships of Scale.
I forwarded his video link from the Grand Lode of Nova Sotia to other well placed Masons in Oregon who are spreading word of my pending build and the Masonic membership of the captain and two crew members in Unity Lodge 4. This was an exciting revelation for our Masons.
 
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I forwarded his video link from the Grand Lode of Nova Sotia to other well placed Masons in Oregon who are spreading word of my pending build and the Masonic membership of the captain and two crew members in Unity Lodge 4. This was an exciting revelation for our Masons.
I did some research with the assistance of the Grand Lodge of Oregon approaching the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia about the Masonic history of Capt. Angul Walters (Bluenose). Born 1891. his petition lists him as M/Mariner, Manager, His first petition was rejected 5, Oct. 1909 (age 38 I think as he was too deeply committed to the Bluenose and not his family or local activties is my assumption) Later after being accepted with his international racing fame he was Initiated and Entered Apprentice Mason, 4 Nov. 1930, Passed to Fellow Craft 2 Dec. 1930, Raised a Master Mason 6 Jan. 1931. Died 11 Aug. 1968, Burried at Unenburg, N.S. as a member of Unity Lodge No. 4 of Lunenburg, N.S. Now, for Bluenose builders you have what I can provide for Walters and the two other lodge members who funded and sailed on Bluenose at her beginning and had the Masonic Square and Compasses place on her stern where it is visible in the old photograph.
 
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I did some research with the assistance of the Grand Lodge of Oregon approaching the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia about the Masonic history of Capt. Angul Walters (Bluenose). Born 1891. his petition lists him as M/Mariner, Manager, His first petition was rejected 5, Oct. 1909 (age 38 I think as he was too deeply committed to the Bluenose and not his family or local activties is my assumption) Later after being accepted with his international racing fame he was Initiated and Entered Apprentice Mason, 4 Nov. 1930, Passed to Fellow Craft 2 Dec. 1930, Raised a Master Mason 6 Jan. 1931. Died 11 Aug. 1968, Burried at Unenburg, N.S. as a member of Unity Lodge No. 4 of Lunenburg, N.S. Now, for Bluenose builders you have what I can provide for Walters and the two other lodge members who funded and sailed on Bluenose at her beginning and had the Masonic Square and Compasses place on her stern where it is visible in the old photograph.
OK,I just realized my dating and math problem in what whas posted by the Grand Lodge of NS about when Walters was a Mason with two others who built Bluenose as I recall . . . built 1920-21 but Walters had been rejected in 1909 and not accepted into Unity Lodge No. 2 and passing through his Masonic degrees until late 1930 and Jan 1931. So he could not have been a Mason during the construction years. . only later and there is an additional bit on the back of his lodge history card that supports my supposition above to their recognition of his racing fame: "Had world-wide rame as Captain of the schoner "Bluenose: in many races beteen the fishing schooners."

When the Grand Lodge of NS reopens at the end of summer I'll pursue their video statement and his lodge record to try and work out the dates, his Masonic status when the vessel was built, and who were involved in the lodge support and when that was. This may help to explan the two logos, Masonic Square and Compasses and the Odd Fellows three links.
 
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