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Archive for July, 2015

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Day’s Run – July 20, 2015

With the close of the deck tour today we have officially finished our scheduled visits to the Tall Ship Festivals of 2015. From the entire crew of the Picton Castle to the people and visitors of the festivals in Cape Charles, Philly/Camden, Greenport and Portland – thank you so much for choosing to spend some time with us. The genuine interest, inquisitive questions, smiles and laughter you brought to our ship made the deck tours an in demand place to work. Seeing the looks of wonder on the faces of children to grandparents absolutely made our day, everyday.

SHIP’S WORK: Dried sail; deck tours; training and line handling lessons with new trainees.

Waiting to board

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 43°39.4’N /070°14.9’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1695.9 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
WEATHER: Sunny, warm
SAILS SET: None – docked.

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Day’s Run – July 19, 2015

REMARKS: There are so many people in Portland who wanted to see the ship I was amazed. At times the wait was over an hour long and yet once aboard our visitors wore nothing but smiles and had lots of interesting questions. For the crew the day was rather hectic. We not only had deck tours going from 10am to 9pm but also trainees signing off and new ones signing on.

SHIP’S WORK: Re-seized clew cringle of outer jib; deck tours.

Sitting at the ready

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 43°39.4’N /070°14.9’W
DAYS RUN: 6nm nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1695.9 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
WEATHER: Overcast, drizzle
SAILS SET: None – docked.

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Day’s Run: July 18, 2015

REMARKS: We had a crazy busy day today and the crew did a fantastic job. Coming into Portland the Parade of Sails began around 1330. On board we had several local media personnel doing, among other things, live newscasts which also made working around them a little interesting. The parade itself went really well – we were not only surrounded by the other ships but also by hundreds of other boats in all shapes and sizes. At approx 1600 we docked then began to quickly clean up the ship in preparation for a reception that began at 1800. Two things kept us all sane today – one, the fact that if we all pulled together and got the work done as a huge unit of people the work would go much more quickly. Two, a crew members family had delivered a huge birthday cake for everyone to enjoy. Nothing will put smiles on the faces of hard working tall ship sailors faster than unexpected baked goods!

SHIP’S WORK: Spot painting bullworks.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 43°36.1’N /070°09.1’W
DAYS RUN: 57 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1687 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 12 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, CMGT VAR
WIND: South southeast, 3
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, overcast
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South by east, 3 feet
SAILS SET: Mains’l, fors’l, lower and upper top masts, t’gallants, outer jib, for topmast stays’l, spanker.

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Day’s Run – July 17, 2015

REMARKS: Once again we are underway, heading to Portland Maine for our last tall ship festival stop of the summer. The small boat sailing of the last two days has proven, once again, to be an invaluable teaching method. Today there is a noticeable difference in the confidence of the new trainee crew members to know where to go and what to do when an order is given. Our more seasoned crew members and pro crew have also been challenged and improved in their ability to teach line handling and seamanship to people who all learn in different ways. What all of this amounts to is a slow building of confidence each time we set sail. There are certainly a lot more smiles these days than looks of confusion when the Captain issues an order. This is a lovely thing to see firsthand as I know full well how hard everyone has worked to get here.

SHIP’S WORK: Paint black on t’gallant rails; prepped quarterdeck boxes for varnish; continued greasing running rigging aloft; replaced mainsail starboard inner buntline.

Closer inspection

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 42°32.4’N /070°41.9’W
DAYS RUN: 3.5 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1602.9 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 81.5 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: South by west 1/4 west, CMGT 190
WIND: East by south, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1022, sunny, clouds 4/6
AS SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: East by south
SAILS SET: All sails

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Day’s Run – July 15, 2015

REMARKS: Here’s a first experience – everyone is on two different watches. During the morning we are all hands on the ship and in our sea watches for getting normal cleaning done and any ships work. After lunch we switch to land watches. At this point either port or starboard will be stood down to enjoy town until dinner while the other continues on with ships work. Once dinner is done the watches will switch again with whoever worked the afternoon free to explore. It sounds complicated but has been working very well – both for getting ships work done and for enjoying some free time.

SHIP’S WORK: Bent on topmast stays’l; loaded rope order; spot painted tropical blue; scraped and painted main engine stack and SAAB stack.

Awning hanging lesson

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 42°35.7’N /070°40.1’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1598.7 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: None – at anchor

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Day’s Run – July 14, 2015

On the way into Gloucester today the Captain took the ship through several tackings. This was a great experience for the new trainees, the whole crew in fact, because it gives us all the opportunity to use all of the skills and knowledge we have acquired during the voyage. The watches are given specific zones to work. By doing this the crew can also more clearly see the cause and effects of orders to sail handling to the end result of yards/sails moving. It is a practical lesson of the entire crew working together to make something happen.

SHIP’S WORK: Rust busted and reserved main t’gallant stay turn buckle; cleaned quarterdeck and skiff; spot painted tropical blue; repaired end of Monomoy boom.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 42°34.0’N /070°41.3’W
DAYS RUN: 63 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1596.2 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 85 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, 2.9 kts, CMGT VAR
WIND: Southeast, 4
WEATHER: Barometer 1004, overcast, drizzle
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: Southeast, 1
SAILS SET: Varied – tacking.

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Day’s Run – July 13, 2015

We are definitely seeing the signs of our moving ever steadily northwards. The nights are getting colder and the water we use for washing dishes is on the verge of numbing your fingers. Still, there were a billion stars to gaze upon last night and another beautiful sunrise this morning which certainly balances the scales. At 1430 today the Captain held a rigging workshop on the quarterdeck. He took us through the history of square riggers. With the aid of a whiteboard diagram he visually brought to life the history he was taking us through. Most of our crew having seen other tall ships at the festivals, could now see where in history where each vessel belonged.

SHIP’S WORK: Painted propane tanks; repaired cleat on Monomoy.

Mustering on the quarterdeck

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°47.8’N /069°47.6’W
DAYS RUN: 95 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1526.5 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 185 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North by west 1/2 west, 4.1 kts, CMGT 338
WIND: South southeast, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, overcast
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South southwest, 1
SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – July 12, 2015

The beautiful sound of sailing is not something that should be taken for granted. Too often there are electronic or motor noises drowning out what we all want to here to experience. When you can look out from the quarterdeck, see no land in sight and hear nothing but the ship slicing through the water you know that you are somewhere amazing. Today the Captain held a workshop on how to do short and long splices. He went through a demonstration then gave us all time, with the AB’s and experienced crew helping among us, to figure out how to do the splices ourselves. Kind of makes a cool souvenir straight from the ship.

SHIP’S WORK: Second coat of paint on propane tanks; spot painted small boats; oiled engine controls and steering box; replaced inner jib sheet port side; end for ended inner jib sheet starboard side; made fore royal buntline lizards.

Splicing

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 40°42.1’N /069°44.0’W
DAYS RUN: 80 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1428.9 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 280 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southeast by east 1/2 east, 3.4 kts, CMGT 093
WIND: West southwest,4
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, sunny, haze
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: West, 1
SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – July 11, 2015

REMARKS: Today we are heading out to sea. We were underway by approx 10am this morning, waving goodbye to the historic city of New Bedford. The winds, being fairly light, allowed us the time to have another complete run through of emergency drills. The more we practice, the cooler our heads will remain should an emergency occur. Right after lunch we broke into our sea watches again and will remain so until arriving in Gloucester in a few days. It’ll be nice to be back in the routine of being out to sea.

SHIP’S WORK: Repaired fore upper tops’l starboard headbolt; painted propane tanks; linseed oiled mizzen shrouds; replaced skiff belly gripe lashing; slushed headrig turnbacks.

Checking food and flare canisters

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°28.1’N /070°57.7’W
DAYS RUN: 13 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1347.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 360 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southwest by 1/4 south, 4.8 kts, CMGT 232
WIND: South, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, sunny
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South, 1
SAILS SET: Mains’l, main/fore upper and lower sails; fore topmast stays’l, outer and inner jib.

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Day’s Run – July 10, 2015

The museum was fantastic! Inside they built a half size whaling ship with incredible attention to detail. All of the exhibits in fact were very well laid out, informative and interactive. Even better were the hoards of school kids that visited the museum who were actually smiling and happy to be there. On the ship today the new trainees who opted to did their up and overs, everyone had a turn in the Monomoy and Donald fed us steak. Great day all around I’d say.

SHIP’S WORK: Spot painted topsides, waterline and bulwarks; oiled blocks on deck; work on fore upper topsail bolt rope repair; tarred rig fore t’gallant and main upper shrouds.

BOUND FROM: Greenport, NY
TOWARDS: Portland, ME
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 41°37.9’N /070°54.9’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1334.3 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: Barometer 1018
SWELL HeIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: Spanker

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