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A timeline of events in the Bluenose II restoration in Nova Scotia

01/28/2015 10:41 EST | Updated 03/30/2015 05:59 EDT
HALIFAX - A timeline of the Bluenose II restoration project:

April 30, 2009: The Nova Scotia and federal governments announce $14.4 million for the project to be equally split between the two.

June 28, 2010: The province says the restoration is expected to be complete in March 2012, a year later than planned.

July 8, 2010: The overall cost of the project is now estimated to be $14.8 million.

May 9, 2011: The first plank is laid on the vessel's rebuilt hull, a milestone for the project.

Sept. 9, 2011: The last plank is attached to the hull.

Oct. 27, 2011: The Nova Scotia government says the restoration is expected to cost an additional $1 million, bringing the total to about $15.9 million.

May 14, 2012: A tentative plan says the Bluenose II could be back in the water in early July and the restoration is expected to be complete in late September.

Sept. 29, 2012: Thousands of people attend the Bluenose II's official return to water at Lunenburg harbour, the same spot where the original Bluenose was launched more than 90 years ago.

June 13, 2013: The province says sea trials are expected before the end of the month. The cost of the restoration rises to about $16 million.

Dec. 12, 2013: The Nova Scotia government says it wants a full review of the restoration, which is now nearly three years behind its original schedule, as sea trials are delayed again.

Jan. 30, 2014: Premier Stephen McNeil asks the province's auditor general to investigate the restoration as costs grow to $16.7 million.

April 16, 2014: The province says work is underway on the vessel's steering and rudder to fix a problem in turning the ship's wheel.

May 1, 2014: The project costs jump to nearly $18 million.

May 28, 2014: A test drive for the Bluenose II is called off a couple of hours before it was to begin because it's missing a certificate from the American Bureau of Shipping to allow it to leave the dock.

May 31, 2014: The bureau conducts a safety equipment check. The provincial government says outstanding issues need to be addressed, but offers no specifics.

June 18, 2014: The Nova Scotia government says it expects the steel rudder and steering need further changes before the schooner can be formally delivered to the province. The price tag reaches $19 million.

June 24, 2014: The premier's deputy minister, David Darrow, says the Bluenose II needs a modern hydraulic system to turn its 3.2-tonne rudder and make it seaworthy.

Aug. 26, 2014: McNeil says the Bluenose II will not be open to the public until 2015.

Sept. 24, 2014: Darrow says the Department of Culture and Heritage should not have been put in charge of the restoration because it doesn't have the expertise to manage such a complex project.

Dec. 2, 2014: The vessel's new power-assisted steering is demonstrated.

Jan. 28, 2015: Auditor general Michael Pickup says problems plaguing the restoration stem from the province's decision to hand the job to a department that had little experience managing construction projects.