Grand Banks schooners are an icon of Maritime Canada. Not only were they renowned for their speed at sea, but they were built for the job of seaworthy fishing offshore on the Grand Banks. These schooners were the workhorses of the offshore fishery and had to pay good dividends in groundfish catches for their owners.
As fishing vessels, they are now, of course, obsolete. Nevertheless, the reproduction of the "Bluenose" still attracts crowds of visitors who never fail to be inspired by this Nova Scotian icon.