Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Accolades & Awards

William J. Roué | Accolades & Awards

1921, December 30

Received a commemorative plaque and gift of recognition from the citizens of Dartmouth for bringing fame and pride to their town.

1932

Included in Prominent Men of Canada publication.

1954

Honoured by the Armdale Yacht Club.

1955

Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (Sport: Yachting; Theme: Aquatics).
Still the only yacht designer in Canada to receive this honour.

1963, February 27

Helped drive a commemorative golden spike into the keel of Bluenose II, along with Captain Angus Walters – Bluenose master, and members of the Oland family – builders of Bluenose II.

1963, June 18

Honoured by the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.

1963, July 24

Honoured guest at the launching of Bluenose II in Lunenburg; the recipient of a commemorative medal.

Posthumous

1995

A Spirit Deep Within – a W.J. Roué biography written by great-granddaughter Joan Roué – was published; launched aboard Bluenose II.

1997, September 13

The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron hosted ‘A Toast to William Roué’ gala. Attended by over 500, the function was attended by dignitaries, Roué enthusiasts and even Bluenose II. The guest speaker was George Cuthbertson, a prominent naval architect from Toronto.

1998, July 24

Canada Post issued a commemorative stamp bearing the image of W.J. Roué.

2000, June 28

The “William Roué and Bluenose” millennium marker of distinction was unveiled, located on the Dartmouth waterfront of the Halifax Harbour.

2002, April 27

WJRoue.ca was launched (on the 123rd anniversary of W.J. Roué’s birth date)

2002, May 3

William J. Roué Reading Room opened in the Lunenburg Library

2002, October 31

Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal; awarded to Canadians who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.

2004, February 1

W.J. Roué was inducted in the Nova Scotia Sport Hall Of Fame

2016, September

William James Roué Collection officially designated as being of “outstanding significance and national importance”

2016, October 27

William James Roué Collection Finds Perpetual Home at Canadian Museum of History

2017, January 17

Award-winning Nova Scotia folk singer/songwriter James Devine dedicates ‘The Schooner Bluenose – We Do Adore’ to W.J. Roué. listen | lyrics

W.J. Roué was inducted to the inaugural class of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.
W.J. Roué was inducted to the inaugural class of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955.
Honoured guests at the launch of Bluenose II on July 24, 1963 (l-r): Captain Angus Walters, W.J. Roué, Mrs. Pullen & Rear Admiral Hugh Pullen, and Mrs. MacKeen and Lieutenant Governor Henry Poole MacKeen (copyright Knickes Studio)
Honoured guests at the launch of Bluenose II on July 24, 1963 (l-r): Captain Angus Walters, W.J. Roué, Mrs. Pullen & Rear Admiral Hugh Pullen, and Mrs. MacKeen and Lieutenant Governor Henry Poole MacKeen (copyright Knickes Studio)
Helping to drive the golden spike marking the keel laying of Bluenose II in 1963.
Helping to drive the golden spike marking the keel laying of Bluenose II in 1963.
W.J. Roué's adding machine is on display at the William Roué Reading Room at the Lunenburg Library.
W.J. Roué's adding machine is on display at the William Roué Reading Room at the Lunenburg Library.
W.J. Roué was posthumously inducted to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2004.
W.J. Roué was posthumously inducted to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2004.
Perpetual home for the William James Roué Collection
Perpetual home for the William James Roué Collection