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Archive for June, 2015

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Day’s Run – June 15, 2015

After a wonderful, busy and successful stay at Cape Charles we were under way this morning at approx 8am. For a time, we sailed along with the Lynx and other boats from the harbour before making our way to Ingram Bay at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River. The wind was rather light but any sail handling is great practice for our crew. We also ran fire and abandon ship drills to continue becoming more comfortable and faster at our assigned tasks.
SHIP’S WORK: Linseed oil on lower shrouds; replaced gaskets (2 each) of fore and main tops’ls; spot painted bitts and quarterdeck rail; labelled life jackets; worked on course E suncloth; wire brushed mizzen stay.
A squall on the way
A squall on the way

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Day’s Run – June 13, 2015

Wow – what a day! We opened the ship for tours from 9am-4pm and had a steady stream of people all day. The heat and humidity was fierce and our crew did an admirable job of keeping each other hydrated and/or rotating through the sunny areas of the ship. The people coming aboard were in wonderful humour and had all kinds of inquisitive questions about the ship.
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Picton Castle alongside in Cape Charles

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Day’s Run – June 12, 2015

Reports from crew members ashore say the ice cream is plentiful, the coffee fantastic and both are just the thing to while away the time it takes to finish a load of laundry. On the ship we hosted the Welcome Party for 50-60 people, copious amounts of food and a live band. Our crew did a wonderful job keeping our guests safe and enthusiastically shared their knowledge and stories of the ship.
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John, Allison and Erin haul on stern lines in Cape Charles

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Day’s Run – June 11, 2015

We have arrived in Cape Charles! Docking just before noon, the crew is excited to be able to set foot on dry land once more… mostly for laundry, a solid wifi signal and a cold drink. The Starboard watch has been stood down and is even now roaming about town, no doubt looking also for the best ice cream shop. It’ll be Port watch’s turn tomorrow.
SHIP’S WORK: Continued spot painting topsides, breezeways and t’gallant rails.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 37°15.9’N /076°01.2’W
DAYS RUN: 6nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 631.7nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Per Masters Orders
WIND: Force 2, southwest
WEATHER: Hazy & humid day, barometer 1017 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: N/A
SAILS SET: Main topmast stays’l, inner jib, tops’ls, spanker

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Day’s Run – June 10, 2015

The best part about today was the special treat of being able to ride in the skiff to take pictures of the Picton Castle with all sails set. Despite there being little to no wind we had all the sail set to dry from the rain of two nights ago.
SHIP’S WORK: We finished up most of the projects we had on the go yesterday. After lunch we ran a man overboard drill which included launching the skiff, life rings, life jackets and flag.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 34°11.6’N /076°12.4’W
DAYS RUN: 11.5nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 610.5nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 16nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Northeast by east 3/4 east, Course made good 038° true, 7.6 (motor)/0.63 (sail) knots
WIND: Force 1, northwest
WEATHER: Sunny day, barometer 1017 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HIGHT & DIRECTION: N/A
SAILS SET: At noon we had the inner and outer jib, fore, main and mizzen topmast stays’ls set

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Day’s Run – June 9, 2015

Today had been entirely about beautifying the ship for our arrival into Cape Charles…and man is she looking good! A whole lot of elbow grease makes a huge difference. We’ve also had a steady stream of small local boats cruising by to see what we have been up to. The pictures they must be snapping of crew members contorting themselves into odd shapes to paint just that much further must surely be interesting.
SHIP’S WORK: The list is long and plentiful today. We painted the
topsides, bitts, chocks, port fore lower turnbuckles, deck brakes and spot painted the yards. We osphoed the bulwarks inboard (Emil’s demonstrating the ospho look), varnished the mess table, continued work on replacing the suncloth on course E and the banner.
At anchor in the mouth of the York River. We are currently 4.5 miles east of Yorktown Virginia.
Emil rocking the ospho look
Emil rocking the ospho look

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Day’s Run – June 8, 2015

What a busy day today has been! Once again we were able to sail with all sails set. This does require a fairly steady stream of sail handling in order to catch as much wind as possible. This, in turn, means the skill set of our trainees continues to improve. As we sailed into the mouth of Chesapeake Bay we were a curiosity for some, as much as another tall ship sailing by was for us.
SHIP’S WORK: The main ships work today was to send down for repair the foresail and then bend on a new one. This was a process which virtually everyone on board had a hand in completing.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 36°59.1’N /075°52.4’W
DAYS RUN: 150nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 564.5nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 28nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southwest by west, Course made good 250° true, 6.4 knots
WIND: Force 2, southeast
WEATHER: Blue skies, barometer 1023 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: East north east, 3 ft
SAILS SET: At noon we were sailing under all sail
Rebecca aloft
Rebecca works aloft

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Day’s Run – June 7, 2015

Millions of stars, a stunning sunrise and a clear blue sky ushered us through the day today. The sun is hot, the breeze cool and the occasional wave soaking has become something to look forward to once again. To top all of that off, in the last few minutes of the 6am-12pm watch the sudden calls of ‘Fish on the line!’ were met with a stampede of feet and hoots of laughter as dinner was reeled in. The sound of such delight coming from grown adults is certainly music to the ears.
SHIP’S WORK: Sunday is funday so no ships work today!
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 38°14.8’N /073°15.6’W
DAYS RUN: 131nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 414nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 160nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southwest by south, Course made good 223° true, 5.4 knots
WIND: Force 5, east north east
WEATHER: Clear blue skies, barometer 1021 millibars and climbing, visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: East north east, 6 ft

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Day’s Run – June 6, 2015

Emerging from a foggy early morning we once again find the temperature slowly creeping upwards. It is with pleasure that most of us have shed one layer of clothes though the foulies are not far out of reach. As the day progressed we set one sail after another until finally there were none left to unfurl. What a beautiful site she is – the Picton Castle under full sail! We are currently about 80 miles off the coast of Montauk, New York.
SHIP’S WORK: Today the main and fore royal halyards were both replaced. At 1630 we also completed our first heavy weather drill – one of the most important workshops that we will do aboard the ship. We learned how to set up the safety nets/lines that will make moving about the ship much safer under heavy weather. There is no better time to learn and practice what needs to be done then when the seas are relatively calm and thus so to is the crew.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 39°44.0’N /071°16.4’W
DAYS RUN: 119nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 282.2nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 275nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southwesterly, Course made good 005° true, 5.0 knots
WIND: Force 3, northwesterly
WEATHER: Overcast with light rain, barometer 1016 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: North north west, 2 ft
SAILS SET: At noon we were sailing under all sails

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Day’s Run – June 5, 2015

Blue skies sighted this morning!! While the temperature has been slowly getting warmer, to the delight of all, today is the first blue sky we’ve seen since our departure from Lunenburg. Even though the clouds soon closed in once more, the crew went about daily activities with an extra smile and a little renewed vigor.
SHIP’S WORK: High excitement today as our starboard watch bent on the new fore royal. In anticipation of lots of sailing ahead we have also nipped the bunts of all square sails.
BOUND FROM: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TOWARDS: Cape Charles, VA, USA
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 40.41.8’N x 069.07.0’W
DAYS RUN: 162 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 160.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 430 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Pilotage, southwesterly, 6.5 knots
WIND: Force 2/4, east north easterly
WEATHER: Overcast, barometer 1025, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: small east north east swell
SAILS SET: fore topmast stays’l, outer jib, spanker, tgallants and main royal

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