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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 […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

#PortoftheWeek: St. Barths

#PortoftheWeek: St. Barths Saint Barthélemy’s beautiful warm white sand and turquoise waters will await the Picton Castle in Gustavia this World Voyage, for the West Indies Regatta. There, our crew will join various Caribbean sloops and schooners for a few days of racing and fun! Here is an excerpt from a Captain’s Log post in […]

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THE PICTON CASTLE Bosun School

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada Bosun School 10th Session July 14, 2021 – Sept 29, 2021 Led by Captain Daniel D. Moreland and guest instructors A Seamanship Skills Enrichment Program for Young Seafarers, and a great summer on the water along Lunenburg’s famous and historic working waterfront There is nothing better than real time at sea, […]

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Bosun School 2021 Update: New Dates and Scholarships!

We are all very happy and excited to be hosting a BOSUN SCHOOL session this summer in salty old Lunenburg! Boats, seamanship, sailing, heaps of rigging, fixing boats and ships, varnishing and painting and all the rest is what will occupy our summer days here on the South Western shore soon. There is nothing better […]

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Bosun School Start Delayed

Flexibility and patience are lessons that ships and the sea teach, we learn to work with the environmental conditions we’re given.  Now we’re applying that lesson to organizing the Bosun School – we’re announcing that the start of Bosun School has been delayed by two weeks, starting June 21 instead of June 7. Nova Scotia […]