The Last Hook (1986)
In October, 1938, the great Canadian schooner Bluenose met the American schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud in the last of the championship races between the fishermen of New England and those of Atlantic Canada. Bluenose, since 1921 the undefeated champion, was old and tired, and her legendary master, Angus Walters, knew he was racing into history. The play ranges back in time to explore the fishing and sailing culture of the North Atlantic, and the perennial rivalry between Gloucester, Massachusetts and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It includes storms at sea, world celebrity and the end of working sail, and it ends with Bluenose's magnificent charge to victory in the dying moments of the fifth and final race.
Script by Silver Donald Cameron. Starring Gordon Pinsent, Richard Donat and Mary-Colin Chisholm. Music composed and arranged by Scott Macmillan, and performed by Scott Macmillan and The Octet. The Last Hook was an ACTRA Award finalist in 1986. Now available on CD.