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The Chandlery

Opening the Picton Castle’s Ship & Boat Chandlery

It was a beautiful, misty morning on the Lunenburg waterfront as the Picton Castle team hung the final touch on the Chandlery storefront before the Yuletide Sale: a hand painted sign made by our Bosun School students, to celebrate the official opening of the Picton Castle’s Ship & Boat Chandlery at our wharf and warehouse […]

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Lunenburg

Coffee With The Captain of Pride of Baltimore II

Those of you who follow the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II, the State of Maryland’s sailing ambassador, on social media will be familiar with their regular feature “Coffee With The Captain.”  It’s a weekly chat with Captain Jan Miles where the highly respected schooner skipper discusses everything from sailing technicalities to weather observation, sea […]

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Lunenburg

Yuletide at the Ship Chandlery

Christmas shopping at our Chandlery at Picton Castle’s  warehouse on Lunenburg’s working waterfront. Yes, it has been a long year. Postponing of voyages, grim. Hosting a fine summer Bosun school session was just great, though. Gearing up for a world voyage? Pretty amazing. Nothing routine about a sailing ship voyage bound around the world. But […]

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Back-to-Back Transatlantics Voyage World Voyage 2021/2022

Financial Aid Available for the World Voyage

Thanks to the Nova Scotia Seamanship Education Society, a registered charity in Canada, and a generous anonymous donor, financial aid will be available for trainees on Picton Castle’s upcoming World Voyage. We recognize that the World Voyage trainee fee is a big amount and out of reach for many who would benefit from the voyage […]

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Captain's Log Guest Author

World Voyage 2: A Look Back

Today’s Captain’s Log is written by guest author Mike Rutstein of Marlinspike Magazine: Serendipity isn’t a word you hear people using a lot in 2020. But towards the end of the summer, two announcements crossed my desk that tied in nicely together. In the first, Captain Dan Moreland and Maggie Ostler wrote to confirm that […]

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Lunenburg

Happy Thanksgiving

This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada (yes, it’s held earlier than Thanksgiving in the USA due to harvest season coming earlier here).  As I was harvesting the last of the tomatoes out of my backyard garden at home, I was thinking about all that we have to be grateful for, even in this year […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

Beautiful Bali

Sailing around the world in the Barque PICTON CASTLE, its no secret that on top of sailing around 30,000 ocean miles, we put in at some pretty cool places along the way. In fact, my husband (the Captain) likes to say that we only stop at super cool places, and he’s right. Quite often I’m […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

Slow Travel

The other day I was telling an old friend about a wonderful trip I took by train and he asked why I enjoyed it so much.  The bunks were cool, the food was great, the scenery was amazing, and there was time to take it in and enjoy it.  I attribute my appreciation of slow […]

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Lunenburg

After The Storm

After the storm last night the morning came in clearing up with strong west-north-west winds howling across the waters. Schooners and other yachts anchored in the harbour, the fishing vessels and the Picton Castle alongside Lunenburg’s venerable and historic wharves tugged at their moorings without straining them. The storm has passed. No real damage around […]

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Lunenburg

Hurricane TEDDY – headed for Nova Scotia tonight

One of the many hurricanes of this Atlantic 2020 hurricane season is headed our way here in late September. Some days ago Hurricane TEDDY took form out in the exceptionally warm sub-tropical waters of the North Atlantic somewhere east and north of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. Hot winds that blow in from Africa […]