Modeller Allan George Browne was born at Niagara Falls Ontario on December 27, 1931.
At age 10 the family relocated to Point Edward Ontario near Sarnia and he attended elementary and high schools till 1950.
When the Korean War began and with brother Charles among the first US troops to ship out he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and became an airframe mechanic or rigger, working on Sea Fury squadron number 871, and serving at HMCS Cornwallis, HMCS Shearwater and aboard HMCS Magnificent the aircraft carrier.
One voyage was to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, being stationed briefly at Naval Air Station Lee On Solent, nearby Portsmouth, England.
With five years enlistment completed a return to civilian life was followed after an honorable release as a leading Seaman AR1, in 1955.
Married in 1953 in Dartmouth Nova Scotia with four children, a variety of activities followed for the next 57 years which included travel. real estate sales and culminating in owning and operating a kitchen cabinet business in Victoria BC from 1979 to 2002.
It was in Victoria in 1986 he acquired his Private Pilot's license and became a member of the Victoria flying club.
On a camping trip across Canada in truck and camper he attended a Naval Air reunion which was held in Halifax. After which while heading to Florida for the winter a stop was made in Lunenburg Nova Scotia. This simple overnight stay has continued from 2002 to the present time, now 2013.
That first winter was spent in a motel efficiency apartment, quite happily.
Throughout the winter many varied activities were undertaken, meeting many wonderful folks and he was happy to be felt adopted by the community.
It was a reminder of hockey days in Bridgewater nearby, while playing for the Shearwater Flyers in the South Shore League and winning the Championship in 1954-5.
One of the activities that winter involved a Recreation Department program that taught how to build a half hull model, and their history and importance to the boat building industry.
This course was taught by Don Hardy who became a good friend and eventually a business partner. The business activity consisted of manufacturing, distributing and retail sales of Half Hull model kits of Bluenose. Literally hundreds of them were sold over a period of time.
With the passing of Don in 2007 the business lost its glamour for a period of time but it returned when the reconstruction of Bluenose II was announced in 2009.
As a result, a dream that Don had was renewed and a way was developed to mass produce a Half Hull, historically correct model of Bluenose.
Now with some 70 hulls completed, methods were developed for carving the keels, making the rudders, establishing a waterline and ultimately finishing each unit in Bluenose traditional colors. The decks were stained, the hull was black, waterline is white, with a dark red bottom. Each unit is a numbered model and a limited edition collectors item.
The prototype for the original was made by master modeller Ben Verburgh of Mahone Bay and Indian Point Nova Scotia.
Thus these models are currently in production to be offered in conjunction with the launch of Bluenose II later in 2012.
Director: Angus J Walters Museum
South Shore Genealogical Society
Member: (Active and Current)
Canadian Naval Association
Canadian Naval Air Group
Shearwater Aviation Museum
Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic
Lunenburg Front Harbour yacht club
South Shore Ship Modellers Guild
ABC distributors, since 1979
Manufacturing and sales-Rollout Shelves, 1996 to 2002
Manufacturing and sales-Bluenose Half Hull models, 2003 to present
ABC cabinets, Victoria British Columbia, 1979 – 2002
Royal Canadian Navy, Fleet Air Arm branch 1950 to 1955. Lastly, a current research project is to find the original yard workers who built the original Bluenose in 1920 -21 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. This project has been ongoing since 2003. Sadly lacking is the credit due to the men that built the original Bluenose during the winter to launch her in just 99 days from the laying of the keel. Anyone who has information as to who may have been involved is asked to contact the modeller.