This Week in History
A One-of-A-Kind Captain
For the week of Monday June 4, 2007
On June 9, 1882, Angus J. Walters was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Captain of one of Canada’s most recognizable symbols, the Bluenose, Walters would come to represent the lives of the seafaring people of the East Coast.
Before age 30, Walters owned and skippered his own fishing schooner. Quickly, he gained a reputation as a skilled captain, returning to Lunenburg from the Grand Banks with record setting catches.
Walters raced Bluenose in the International Fisherman’s Series, held in Halifax for the first time in 1921. Racing against several American and Canadian ships, Bluenose easily won the series and won the trophy for Canada. He repeated this feat five consecutive times, defeating the Americans and creating a sense of national pride from coast to coast.
Walters continued fishing on the Bluenose until, reluctantly, he sold the ship in the early 1940s. Shortly after, he opened a dairy business in Lunenburg, where he oversaw everything from the collection to the delivery of the product. He ran this business until his passing in 1968.
Because of his abilities as a captain and fisherman, Captain Angus J. Walters was designated of National Historic Person in 2005.
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