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Bosun School

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 […]

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Bosun School

THE BOSUN SCHOOL – SUMMER 2021

THE BOSUN SCHOOL – SUMMER 2021 174 Bluenose Drive – Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada https://www.picton-castle.com/bosun-school.html WHY BOSUN SCHOOL? Today there are many excellent programs for mariners on subjects to do with training for emergency situations. Fire fighting tools and techniques, understanding life rafts, correct use of immersion suits, life jackets and more. These courses are […]

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Bosun School

Announcing Bosun School Summer 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are setting up for Bosun School this coming summer 2021 here in Lunenburg Harbour at our wharf and warehouse at the east end of Bluenose Drive and Lunenburg’s working waterfront. All who sign up will get a chance to acquire and hone heaps of ship and boat skills […]

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

Towards the end of Picton Castle’s most recent world circumnavigation voyage, the ship’s eighth time around the world, the ship sailed into Bermuda on the way to Nova Scotia, as we usually do. The chief mate was Erin Grieg of both Canada and Bermuda. Bermuda.  Bermuda is an island so linked to the sea and […]

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Tall Ships America Annual Conference 2021

Tall Ships America Awards – A Tribute to Captain Robert S. Douglas for a lifetime of achievement under sail

On February 25th, 2021, Captain Robert S. Douglas was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tall Ships America Conference, nominated by Captain Daniel Moreland. For more information on the Lifetime Achievement Award and a list of past recipients, visit: https://www.tallshipsamerica.org/lifetime-achievement/ Here is Captain Daniel Moreland’s tribute in writing to Captain Robert S. Douglas as presented […]

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Tall Ships America Annual Conference 2021

Tall Ships America Annual Conference

One of the highlights of our winters usually is attending the Tall Ships America annual conference.  Tall Ships America is a membership association of sailing ship operators, sail training and marine educational vessels, and interested individuals with an international membership.  Over a period of three or four days each February, we attend informative sessions, meet […]

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World Voyage 2021/2022

Letter to Picton Castle Crew – Postponement of the World Voyage

Please find below a letter that was sent to crew of the Picton Castle regarding the postponement of the World Voyage: Dear crew of Picton Castle’s upcoming World Voyage, We are writing to you today with important updates about the voyage. After in-depth consideration, which we will explain more thoroughly below, the World Voyage planned for departure […]

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The Chandlery

Opening the Picton Castle’s Ship & Boat Chandlery

It was a beautiful, misty morning on the Lunenburg waterfront as the Picton Castle team hung the final touch on the Chandlery storefront before the Yuletide Sale: a hand painted sign made by our Bosun School students, to celebrate the official opening of the Picton Castle’s Ship & Boat Chandlery at our wharf and warehouse […]

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Lunenburg

Coffee With The Captain of Pride of Baltimore II

Those of you who follow the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II, the State of Maryland’s sailing ambassador, on social media will be familiar with their regular feature “Coffee With The Captain.”  It’s a weekly chat with Captain Jan Miles where the highly respected schooner skipper discusses everything from sailing technicalities to weather observation, sea […]

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Lunenburg

Yuletide at the Ship Chandlery

Christmas shopping at our Chandlery at Picton Castle’s  warehouse on Lunenburg’s working waterfront. Yes, it has been a long year. Postponing of voyages, grim. Hosting a fine summer Bosun school session was just great, though. Gearing up for a world voyage? Pretty amazing. Nothing routine about a sailing ship voyage bound around the world. But […]