Problem-plagued Bluenose II heads out for sea trial in Nova Scotia harbour

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LUNENBURG, N.S. - The Bluenose II is undergoing a sea trial today in Nova Scotia after repeated delays for the restored historic schooner.

The Nova Scotia government announced after the schooner had departed the wharf in Lunenburg that the test was expected to take 3 1/2 hours.

It says the vessel is being accompanied by three support boats during the test of its engine, steering and anchor.

The trial was supposed to happen last month but it was cancelled at the last minute because of missing paperwork.

The Bluenose II has been undergoing a multi-year restoration that's been plagued by budget overruns and repeated delays, the latest caused by a problem with the vessel's steering system.

Kelliann Dean, the deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, told the province's public accounts committee last week that the cost of restoring the vessel has risen to $19 million.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, LUNENBURG

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