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Sailing for Glory

The Story of Captain Angus Walters and the Bluenose

by Teri-Lynn Janveau & Allister Thompson

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social activists, sports & recreation
list price: $18.95
also available: eBook
published: 2006
publisher: Dundurn Press
imprint: Napoleon and Co
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 8
Reading age:
9 to 12
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Sailing for Glory: The Story of Captain Angus Walters

In our next book, we meet Angus Walters, a boy from a Lunenburg fishing family who grew up to become the captain of the Bluenose, the great racing ship that appears on the Canadian dime. Like the Canadian boys “who rocked the world,” Angus knew what he wanted at a young age. After his father allowed him to join his fishing crew, Angus quickly rose through the ranks until he was able to captain his own ship. A combination of skill, determination and a serious nature propelled Angus to enter the First International Fishermen’s Race in 1920 between Lunenburg and Gloucester, Massachusetts (the fishing centre of New England). Although he lost, it was the beginning of a serious approach to sailboat racing in Canada.

In 1921 the Bluenose was launched with Angus at the helm. It went on to win races for many years. In 1937 the ship was put on the Canadian dime. I am always glad to see new books in this biography series by Napoleon. I haven’t been crazy about the covers in the past, but these two books reflect a change in the cover design that is more polished and attractive than the previous style. It is an important series that brings significant Canadians to young readers in an easy and accessible format without sacrificing accuracy and good storytelling. Recommended for all schools and public libraries.

Let’s keep reading more about Canadian boys and girls, men and women, who are doing great things in Canada and around the world.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2007. Vol.30 No.2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Sailing for Glory: The Story of Captain Angus Walters and the Bluenose (Stories of Canada)

A Canadian icon and a legend of nautical competition, the Bluenose was unbeaten between 1921 and 1939 in the International Fisherman’s Cup race. Readers learn about Captain Walters’ skill and devotion to his ship. Contains black-and-white photos, illustrations, glossary, bibliography and index.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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This book tells the story of the unique bond between Captain Walters and his schooner the Bluenose. The ship is a Canadian icon and an icon of nautical competition, unbeaten between 1921 and 1939 in the races for the International Fishermans Cup. Its success galvanized a young nations national pride, and the ship remains an important symbol in Nova Scotia today. Walters skill and devotion to his ship helped the Bluenose hold off all challengers, even at the end of its illustrious career. Sailing for Glory also brings to life the danger and adventure of the life of a North Atlantic fisherman in the days of sail.

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