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Day’s Run – DATE: Aug 7, 2015

Parting is such sweet, sweet sorrow…especially when you have lived, worked and played with the same people for weeks on end aboard the Picton Castle. We’ve completed the final tasks, ate a fantastic final bbq, took the last few photos of the voyage and now it is time to bid adieu. Of course, in the tall ship world, it’s never actually goodbye, merely a see you later. So see you later Picton Castle – this summer has been a journey that will live on forever in my memory. From the ouches to the amazing and from the heads to the royals, I would not change a thing.

SHIP’S WORK: Moved Forget About It and Monomoy onto moorings; bottom painted Sydney; puttied bottom of Ollie Oops.

Photo op

BOUND FROM: n/a
TOWARDS: n/a
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 44°21.7’N /064°17.9’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2150.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a

SAILS SET: n/a

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Day’s Run – August 6, 2015

Today the down rigging continues. Now that all of the sails are safely tucked away it is time to focus on the running rigging. This includes all lines, hanks, sheet pennants and gaskets, much of which we finished this afternoon. The days are as full and tiring as one spent tacking our way into harbours. The only question remaining by 1700 is – Do you have enough energy left to make it to the front of the shower line?!

SHIP’S WORK: Down rig running rigging; move sails into loft; launch Sea Never Dry; rolled Sea Never Dry to workshop; reefed out the bottom seams of Sea Never Dry.

Hanks away

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 44°21.7’N /064°17.9’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2150.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: n/a

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Day’s Run – August 5, 2015

REMARKS: Home sweet home! By 0900 this morning we were underway for the last time on this voyage. We loosed and set all the sails then got busy sailing right into Lunenburg harbour, accompanied of course by several boats. As the town itself came into view – such a beautiful sight – we stood at the ready for the plethora of orders that were about to come. And come they did, fast and furious, until we were safely alongside Picton Castle’s own wharf. After clearing into Canada with customs we got busy down rigging all of the sails. One by one they came down to be wrapped up and sent to the warehouse for maintenance and/or storage. The funny thing is, even with such a vital piece missing the ship is as beautiful as ever.

SHIP’S WORK: Sent down all sails; sent down fore and main mast running rigging; rigged Monomoy.

Down rigging the sails

Down rigging the sails

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 3
NOON POSITION: 44°21.7’N /064°17.9’W
DAYS RUN: 5 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2150.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 0 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: PMO, CMGT VAR, 1.2 kts
WIND: South, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1016, 6/8 cu ci, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South, <1

SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – August 4, 2015

Under the cover of fog we sailed our way into Rose Bay this morning, tacking about 5 times before dropping anchor at approx 1130. Wouldn’t you know, as soon as we did the fog lifted long enough to see land – where yesterday there was none, we are surrounded once again. The rest of today will be spent getting the ship ready for sailing into her berth in Lunenburg harbour tomorrow. For those of you at home, see you soon!!

SHIP’S WORK: Clean quarterdeck; ospho topsides; rig gantlines.

Maneuvering skiff to attend topsides

Maneuvering skiff to attend topsides

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 44°18’N /064°15.6’W
DAYS RUN: 66 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2144.6 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 5 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Northeast by east, CMGT 027, 3.5 kts
WIND: Southwest, 3
WEATHER: Barometer 1018, 8/8 fog, visibility poor
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South southwest, 3

SAILS SET: All sails – omit royals.

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Day’s Run – August 3, 2015

Believe it or not the attached picture is the best I could do at capturing the dolphins that were frolicking under the headrig this morning at dawn. It was such a beautiful sight, especially since it is one of our last mornings out to sea. Today’s ship work included a lot of smaller painting projects that were going well under full steam until a fog rolled in at approx 1545 and brought completion to a halt. Fortunately there is always tomorrow.

SHIP’S WORK: Second coat of black on mizzen lower shroud turnbuckles; painted aloha deck waterways; spot painted t’gallant rails; spot painted bullworks on well deck; spot primed sailmakers bench; primed interior of Sea Never Dry.

Dolphin in the distance

Dolphin in the distance

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 43°19.3’N /065°11.2’W
DAYS RUN: 84 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 2061.5 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 72 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: East northeast, CMGT 045, 3.6 kts
WIND: South southwest, 2
WEATHER: Barometer 1020, 4/8 st
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: Southwest by south, 2

SAILS SET: All sails.

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Day’s Run – August 2, 2015

For those of us who sailed into Lunenburg in May amidst a three day rain and hail storm, we are finding the weather to date a little surprising. Here we are, having hoarded warm weather clothing for the past two months in preparation for a similar experience, and it has been nothing but sunny and warm. Even the cool breeze that accompanies us has a nice, fresh quality to it. Now this is not a red flag Mother Nature or Murphy’s Law, rather an appreciation for all your hard work in providing us with a wonderful backdrop for great memories of sailing
home.

SHIP’S WORK: Painted topcoat on quarterdeck mizzen shroud turnbuckles; work on skiff painter.

What's cooking

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 44°00.4’N /066°56.9’W
DAYS RUN: 107.5 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1974.2 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 163 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: Southeast by south, CMGT 119, 5.2 kts
WIND: West southwest, 1
WEATHER: Barometer 1017, low haze
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: Southwest by south, 3
SAILS SET: Lower and upper tops’ls, spanker and inner jib.

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Day’s Run – August 1, 2015

We are once again under way only this time every mile we sail we draw closer to home. Preparing for entering colder waters we went through a full set of emergency procedure drills including donning immersion suits. Just before lunch we broke back into sea watches with Starboard taking 12-6 and Port 6-12. The afternoon for starboard was filled with further tiding and tightening down the ship and then helping the Bosun with the day’s ship work. At approx 1630 we began to set sails which will likely mean that Port will have a fair bit of sail handling to do during the evening. For both watches the helming is interesting as we are not quite out of lobster pot territory and have little interest in dragging the lines home with us.

SHIP’S WORK: Fifth coat of primer on quarterdeck mizzen shroud turnbuckles; new skiff painter; sanding and prepping sailmakers bench.

Homeward bound in the morning

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 44°13.3’N /068°54.3’W
DAYS RUN: 10.5 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1849 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 270 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: South southwest, CMGT 192, 4.2 kts
WIND: South southwest, 3+
WEATHER: Barometer 1012, 2/8 cu, sunny
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South southwest, 2
SAILS SET: None – motoring.

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Day’s Run – July 31, 2015

Taking down a sail is always an interesting project. This time the work had a ring of permanence as both the mains’l and mizzen topmast stays’l will not make an appearance again, other than for maintenance, until the ship gets ready to leave on the Trans Atlantic Voyage in early October. On the sailing side of things, what a fantastic day we had! We tacked a whole bunch, ate a picnic lunch, skipped stones, hiked over an island park nearby then sailed our way back home taking the scenic route.

SHIP’S WORK: Primer mizzen shroud shackles; spot painted topsides; sent down mains’l and mizzen topmast stays’l; primer on focs’l shower porthole; remove lobster pots/lines from forward and propeller; Monomoy and Sea Never Dry sailing.

Skipping stones on land

Skipping stones on land

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 44°24.0’N /068°56.1’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1827.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 377 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a

SAILS SET: None -anchored.

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Day’s Run – July 30, 2015

Work one day and small boat sail one day – that is what today and tomorrow are set aside for. After rigging both Monomoy and Sea Never Dry this morning Port watch sailed off for a day of learning how to handle a small sail boat while Starboard watch got to work on a list of projects as long as the Bosun’s arm. By all reports the sailing was thoroughly enjoyed by all…though I’m sure it wasn’t as much fun as we will have tomorrow! Many of the ships work projects were actually kind of fun. It’s not just anywhere that you get to dangle above the water while touching up the PICTON CASTLE name now is it?!

SHIP’S WORK: Spot painted topsides; third coat primer on mizzen shroud bottlescrews; painted lifering; re-caulked quarterdeck plank; work on gaff topsail; Monomoy and Sea Never Dry sailing.

Praying to the sun gods

BOUND FROM: Portland, ME, USA
TOWARDS: Lunenburg, NS, Canada
TIME ZONE: ZD + 4
NOON POSITION: 44°24.0’N /068°56.1’W
DAYS RUN: 0 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 1827.4 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 377 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: n/a
WIND: n/a
WEATHER: n/a
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: n/a
SAILS SET: None -anchored.

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