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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

T’was the Night Before Christmas

PICTON CASTLE 2012 in the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS T’was the night before Christmas, when all through the barque not a shipmate was stirring, not even this old fart. The stockings were hung on the fiferails with care in the hopes that the Fat Man soon would be there The crew were all sleeping, except those on […]

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Little Christmas Eve in the South Pacific

By Kate “Bob” Addison December 23rd, 2012 Sunday at sea, the day before Christmas eve. All is peaceful aboard Picton Castle as she slips quietly through the water heading SWxS for Isla San Cristobal in the Galapagos. The breeze is a Force four and we have lots of canvas set – all fore and aft […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Nearing Christmas… And The Line

By Kate “Bob” Addison 3º13’N 083º19’W Picton Castle is steaming from Panama to Galapagos. This area off the coast of Ecuador has light winds more often than not, and so we are pushing on, planning to make landfall in the Galapagos by Christmas. Pushing on with ship’s work too – yesterday afternoon’s workshop was doing […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Sailing From Panama, Bound For Galapagos

By Kate “Bob” Addison Monday morning and aboard the Picton Castle hands are aloft loosing sail, making ready to sail off the hook. We will be at sea again before lunch, bound for Isla San Cristobal, Galapagos. We are anchored off Taboga Island, 7 miles off the coast from Panama City. This seems to be […]

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Panama Canal

By Kate “Bob” Addison Saturday December 8th, 2012 It’s 5:34 am and Picton Castle crew have been up for an hour already, we hoisted up the anchor, drank gallons of coffee and got underway. We’re transiting the Panama Canal today, and since we need to make a daylight transit we have to be at the […]

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Towards Panama

December 4th, 2012 Tuesday morning dawns bright as Picton Castle rounds and shapes up on a SWly heading past Columbia on our approach to Panama. Our position is 10Deg57’N 17Deg45’W, speed over ground 8 knots, and we have topsails set as we motor sail through these uncharacteristically light winds. Temperature is a steady 30 degrees […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

The Great Picton Castle Seamanship Derby

By Kate “Bob” Addison December 3rd, 2012 I am sitting on the bench on the well deck of our barque enjoying the shade of the galley house and the breeze up forward here as we steam through these light airs to get to Panama. Gabe is sitting next to me splicing a new rode for […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Off The Spanish Main

Sunset – November 30 – our barque is steering west about 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, what was once called the “Spanish Main”. The island of Aruba is up ahead about 40 miles off the port bow. We may see this low sandy island in the morning. The ship has her yards almost […]