Captain's Log

Archive for June, 2007

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Meet the Crew VII

Donald, Chief Cook

Donald joined the Picton Castle at the beginning of January when she called at his home town of St. George’s, Grenada. Donald has worked for 20 years as a chef on cruise ships, sailing around the Caribbean, the USA and Europe. His preference to use fresh local fruit, vegetables, spices and local recipes has been wildly popular among the crew and has been an authentic experience of Caribbean culture and cuisine. He prepares virtually all meals to include three main courses and desert. He even makes tuna sandwiches look pretty, but hands down the crew’s favourite is Donald’s fried chicken and potato wedges; they are unlike any we have tried anywhere in the world. As long as you do not interrupt the cricket game on his galley radio, Donald is easy to get along with, quick to make a joke and especially likes to tease Mary Anne.

Maggie, Purser

Maggie, Purser
A native of Brampton, ON, Maggie has been on board the Picton Castle for two years, having joined the ship’s crew in Lunenburg in May 2005 as a trainee on the fourth world voyage. Her promotion as purser leaves her in charge of finances, communications, customs and immigration, general ship’s business, and she takes care of us. She spends a lot of time sitting at the ship’s computer tending to all the details that make training aboard the Picton Castle possible, but hers is not a typical desk job, and you cannot top the view from the office window! Although her workload has shifted to seeing to the ship’s other needs, Maggie hasn’t forgotten her deckhand skills and she helps out on deck as often as possible.

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Meet the Crew VI

Logan, Deckhand

A Nova Scotia native, Logan circumnavigated on the Picton Castle‘s fourth world voyage in the role of deckhand and ship’s carpenter, and has spent a few summers and winters on board as well. Logan’s skills extend far beyond carpentry—he has assisted in the engine room, served as a junior watch officer, and is always one of the first and fastest to climb aloft. He literally runs up the rigging leaving everyone below him looking quite silly as they fumble to keep up on the bouncing shrouds. Logan is a patient teacher aboard and is fond of creating his own greatest adventures in every port of call. Logan is an excellent story teller and his shipmates hang on his every word.

Finn, Assistant Engineer/Deckhand


Raised in Dartmouth, NS, and joining us in February from British Columbia, Finn sailed on the Picton Castle‘s second world voyage, and has re-joined the ship to earn sea time to apply towards a Mate’s license. Finn is a tremendous resource as a shipmate; having served for a time as Picton Castle‘s Bosun, Finn is quite accomplished on deck and in the rig and now he returns to us after having served in the engine rooms of two other vessels. Under Chief Engineer Andrea’s guidance, Finn’s ability to learn and adapt quickly has made him an essential assistant in the engineering department. His true passion, however, is working on deck and in the rigging. Finn got his start at the Nova Scotia Sea School in Halifax.

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Meet the Crew V

John, Deckhand

John left his home in Virginia to sail as a trainee on the Picton Castle‘s third world voyage and returned for the fourth world voyage as a deckhand, assistant watch officer and assistant Bosun. An exceptionally gifted seafarer and all around fantastic shipmate, John returned to the Picton Castle in March to help wrap up the filming of CBS’s new series “Pirate Master” and the Caribbean winter voyage. Just before he arrived in Dominica, John sat for the exams for his 100 ton coastal Master’s license and, hey, he passed! Relaxed and easy going as always, John now owns the ship’s biggest inflatable pool toy, a kiddy pool he can blow up to splash around in on deck or use as a raft for swim calls. He will sometimes share his pool with the 2nd Mate and Chief Engineer and even the puppies.

Nadja, Deckhand

Nadja came to Nova Scotia from Spain and joined the Picton Castle in late June 2006 after having waited for months in chilly Lunenburg for the ship to return home from the fourth world voyage. Nadja volunteered and trained aboard the ship all summer in the Great Lakes, and remained aboard the ship through the fall between voyages. She is a very hardworking shipmate, is committed to learning as much as possible every day and it appears that Nadja just might never leave. Other than sailing and working hard on a sailing ship, which Nadja likes best, she enjoys running the skiff, exploring tropical ports of call and provisioning for the ship at the island markets. Perhaps Nadja’s most important function on board is feeding Chibley every morning. She also holds a small tonnage skippers ticket from Italy.

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