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They're rebuilding the Bluenose II, Nova Scotia's famed tall ship schooner immortalized on the Canadian dime. She used to be banana-shaped, lovely and curvy. She got hogged, though, drooping at bow and stern. What they're doing now is a near complete rebuild at her birthplace in Lunenburg. It's somewhat of a controversy, as they're using far more new parts than old. Great debate over re-christening her Bluenose III, or not, and those who know more of sentimentality than of boats think it's a travesty, a practical scuttling of a national treasure.

But those who do know boats just nod and say, "Yeah. She got hogged, and now she'll be proper." Because that's what you do.