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Summer Voyage 2012

Block Island

By Kate “Bob” Addison June 22, 2012 It’s Friday morning and there’s an air of quiet industry here aboard Picton Castle, at anchor off Old Harbour, Block Island. We sailed in yesterday, dropped the hook just before midday. We sailed up the lee (east) side of Block Island in the early morning sun and light […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Summer Solstice

20th June 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison Sigh. My life is so stressful. I have to write a Captain’s log and there’s just nothing interesting happening to write about. Really just another day at sea in a big square-rigged sailing ship. I mean here we are just sailing along in the glorious sunshine. Square sails […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

The Great Wicomico River

17 June, 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison & Captain Daniel Moreland Picton Castle is anchored in Ingram Bay at the mouth of the Wicomico River at 37°48.9N 076°17.7’W. It’s a muddy bottom twenty feet under the bow, so we have our big (1,500 lbs) port anchor down and she’s holding nicely. Very good holding here […]

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Rappahannock River

By Kate “Bob” Addison It’s hard to type right now because I have a contented fat kitten purring on my lap, pinning me down. Every now and then he puts a head or a paw on my hand or on the keyboard, to help write the story, or maybe to correct my spelling. Amazing how […]

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OpSail Virginia

By Kate “Bob” Addison Tuesday morning and Picton Castle is smoking north bound up the Chesapeake Bay under full sail at 9 knots as we head out of Norfolk, Virginia after a very full four (exhausting!) days of festivities and fun. Norfolk is a big, historic US Navy town, and we were there for OpSail […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Ghosting Along… And Polishing Brass

Here off the coast of Virginia the day comes in fair and clear with light NE breezes. Skies overhead are a clear and bold blue and seas all around are small. The Picton Castle has yards squared and all square sail set. The spanker is not set as it would do little good and can […]

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Sailing Martha’s Vineyard to Norfolk

By Kate “Bob” Addison Tuesday afternoon finds our barque Picton Castle sailing happily along, heading southwest towards Virginia with a fair wind filling our square sails as it fills in from astern. Yards are squared and all sail set to the t’gallants. Six or eight knots might not sound fast to people used to cars […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Sailing From Martha’s Vineyard Bound for Norfolk

Monday June 4, 2012 We are about 90 miles east of Sandy Hook, New York Harbour and the Picton Castle is sailing along nicely with a northerly wind. This wind is from a high-level low to our east and should last long enough to get us pretty close to Norfolk under sail – we had […]