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Bosun School for Rigging and Sailmaking, Autumn 2021 and Winter 2022

We are very pleased to announce two upcoming sessions of the Bosun School, one focused on rigging in the autumn of 2021 and one focused on sailmaking in the winter of 2022.  Both sessions will take place in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bosun School is designed to help up-and-coming mariners enhance their hands-on seamanship skills.  […]

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Introduction to Caulking

Yesterday afternoon, Captain Moreland led a workshop that introduced the Bosun School students to caulking.  We had been waiting until more of our students arrived to get into this specialized skill.  Our gang of Canadian students started in mid July and we have been joined over the past few days mostly by students from the […]

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World Voyage 8

World Voyage Sets Sail In Spring 2022

Picton Castle is scheduled to set sail on her eighth world circumnavigation voyage shortly.  We had hoped, almost expected, to be able to begin the voyage this autumn, but travel restrictions and advisories currently in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that sadly, we must postpone the start of this voyage until the spring […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Overhauling Moorings at the Dory Shop With Ironbound Rigging

Last week, Bosun School students were given an excellent opportunity to learn about fixed moorings by helping overhaul moorings at the Dory Shop to make them safe and secure. Moorings are like permanent anchors for vessels. They serve the same purpose but are quite different than anchors. Captain Michael Moreland of Ironbound Rigging was engaged […]

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Bosun School – Launching the Semi-Dory and Rocky

Last Friday in Lunenburg the sun was shining, and it was such a beautiful day on the waterfront. It was the perfect opportunity for Bosun School students to launch two of the Picton Castle’s wooden boats and practice some rowing! But first the team had to get the boats to the beach to launch. This […]

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Bosun School Students Tour the BLUENOSE II

The beautiful, world-renowned Schooner BLUENOSE II is a Lunenburg, Nova Scotia icon. She is one of the largest two-masted schooners in the world. The original Bluenose was launched as a Grand Banks fishing and racing schooner on 26 March 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was designed by William Roué and built by the Smith […]

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Bosun School Applications Open to Fully Vaccinated Americans

Canada’s border will open to fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents on August 9th. This means that we can now accept students from the USA for Bosun School! So, if you have not applied already, get your applications in straight away. Bosun School is a marine skills enhancement program for aspiring mariners who already […]

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Summer 2021 Bosun School Begins!

Today is the official first day of Bosun School here in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Students have arrived over the past few days and we got started with our first full day of instruction today.  We’re glad to welcome students to this summer’s session! Bosun School is a land-based skills enhancement program for people who […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

School Books Donated For World Voyage

Thanks to a generous donation from local elementary and high schools, Picton Castle’s cargo hold will be filled with books to donate to schools in remote and under-resourced schools on our upcoming World Voyage. The books were delivered to our warehouse this morning by Donna and her helper, coordinated by librarian Lisa.  They had collected […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

“The Tracks of the Tradewinds” – Lewis R. Freeman

As we dream of setting sail again, we’re sharing this evocative poem by Lewis R. Freeman with you: “The Tracks of the Tradewinds” Take me back, take me back to the Tracks of the Trades! Let me wander again in the coco palms’ shade, Where the drums of the ocean, in pulsating roar, Beat time […]