The Captain

Captain Daniel Moreland


Captain Daniel Moreland is one of the most respected sailing ship masters at sea today. An internationally recognized authority on square-rig and traditional sailing ships, he started his career sailing in the West Indies in island schooners, brigantines, and passenger windjammers.

He sailed around the world the first time in 1974–76 on the Brigantine Romance, under Captain Arthur Kimberly. In 1980, he signed on the famous Danish state full-rigged schoolship Danmark and served for four years training young officer cadets for the Danish merchant marine. His interest in learning, studying and teaching the value of traditional sail led him to head up the restoration of one of the last nineteenth-century Grand Banks fishing schooners, the Ernestina. For this he received the prestigious Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1987.

In 1999, following the Picton Castle's return from its first circumnavigation, Captain Moreland received the American Sail Training Association's "Sail Trainer of the Year" award.  

Captain Moreland has since completed four additional circumnavigations (2000–2002, 2003–2004, 2005-2006, 2010-2011) in the Picton Castle, along with many shorter voyages, and a year-long voyage around the Atlantic basin. In 2011, after the completion of his fifth circumnavigation in command of Picton Castle, he was recognized worldwide, being awarded "Sail Trainer of the Year" by Sail Training International. 

On Saturday January 30, 2016 in Quebec City at the joint conference of Sail Training International and Tall Ships America, Captain Moreland was presented with the STI Lifetime Achievement Award, given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life's work to getting people to sea under sail and who has worked to preserve the traditions and skills of sail training.

Captain Moreland holds the rarest license issued to Merchant Marine officers today: Master of Steam, Motor, or Auxiliary Sail, Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans. With 30 years at sea as master or mate of topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs, and barques making numerous transatlantic voyages and five circumnavigations, few are so well qualified to lead a voyage and train apprentice sailors.

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