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Meet the Crew IV

Erin, Deckhand Erin, a fiercely proud resident of Cape Breton Island, sailed on the fourth world voyage as a trainee and Education Officer, chronicling the ’round the world voyage for teachers, students, home-school families and armchair sailors alike on the popular WorldWise and Mystic Seaport Museum websites. She can’t seem to stay away from the […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

Charleston Tall Ships I

It’s Tall Ship time. The Picton Castle came sliding in from Martinique to the sea-buoy and Pilot Station off Charleston right on time to fall in line with the other ships. We were all to make a grand entrance into Charleston Harbour; a parade of Tall Ships majestically making their way into this famous haven. […]

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Meet The Crew III

Mary Anne, Deckhand A native of Pictou, NS, Mary Anne joined the Picton Castle in November of 2006 where she signed on as a trainee for the entire winter sailing sail training schedule in the Caribbean. A retired nurse and the daughter of a professional seaman who also sailed extensively in commercial square-riggers out of […]

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Meet The Crew II

Kelly, Deckhand A long way from her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Kelly sailed in the Picton Castle for a week in the summer of 2006 from Port Huron, through the Welland Canal to Toronto. She returned to the ship in November, having signed on as a trainee for the entire winter voyage in the Caribbean. […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

South Carolina, Here We Come!

Location: 31° 38.8’N / 079° 40.2’W Water Temp: 24.9°C; Air Temp: 28°C It has turned out to be a beautiful sunny and hot day aboard the Picton Castle. The 12-4 watch is busy rust-busting and corrosealing the port anchor chain (much to the dismay of the crew trying to sleep directly below in the forecastle) […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

East of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas

Bound from: Sandy Cay, BVIs, towards Charleston, SC Between the hours of 1800-1900 (6-7 PM) last evening the Picton Castle motored past her way point, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. This is interesting for two reasons: First, the “way point” is a position on a chart that the navigator chooses to steer towards while […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

The Best of Both Worlds

Bound from: Sandy Cay, BVIs; Towards: Charleston, SC Location: 21° 52.906’N / 71° 19.996’W This afternoon the Picton Castle is cruising along at a comfortable 7.2 knots of speed. The breeze is a gentle force 3 and the swells are coming from ESE at a height no greater than 2-3 ft. We are braced on […]

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Meet The Crew I

The Picton Castle crew is an exciting lot, joining us from all over Canada, USA, Grenada, and Dominica! Their talents and areas of expertise in their “other lives” (when they are not sailing) are just as varied as the places they call home. This winter the Picton Castle assembled an all-star team of mostly former […]

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Cat Tales

She’s circled the globe three times and continues to be one of the most recognized members of our crew. She’s Ms Chibley Bits, the Picton Castle‘s cat, and she’s just written her first book. Of course, Chibs needed a little help—keyboards being rather cumbersome for her six-toed paws—so Mineville, Nova Scotia resident Ruth Wells kindly […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

Underway for Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Location: 16° 38.196′ N / 62° 52.135′ W (about parallel to Montserrat, UK) Ordered Course: N x W Yesterday was nothing short of a flurry of activity aboard the barque Picton Castle! Over a 24-hour period, our crew was joined by (lucky) 13 new trainees who are aboard for this three-week passage bound for adventure […]