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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Papeete – Day 3

By Kate “Bob” Addison February 21st, 2013 Thursday lunchtime and we’re half way through our Tahiti sojourn – time is passing very quickly! Aboard ship we’ve been busy organizing provisions to feed us until Rarotonga, buying diesel, refilling propane cylinders, and getting all of our fire fighting equipment checked and re-certified. We had a few […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Papeete – Day 1

By Kate “Bob” Addison Everyone tells you that you should have been to Tahiti years ago, before it was spoiled and full of tourists, but it seems to me that if we had all been there then, then it would have been just as full of tourists back then as it is now! Captain says […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Some Thoughts On Inter-Island Supply

By Kate “Bob” Addison A few days ’till Papeete and all aboard are looking forward to the sophisticated delights of Tahiti and a proper Polynesian city – fine food, black pearls, movie theatres and pretty dresses will all seem even more luxurious after so much basic living aboard the ship and longboat camping expeditions from […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Small Boat Adventures – Part 3

By Kate “Bob” Addison We re-join our sailors where we left them, standing on a perfect coral sand South Pacific beach, the boats secure and nothing to be done except set up a camp for the night… poor darlings. We rigged the big tarpaulins in a nice clearing between the trees for shelter just in […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Small Boat Adventures – Part 2

By Kate “Bob” Addison The last log entry saw us setting off in small boats in search of unchartered islands, adventure, and marshmallows… here we re-join the crew of the Picton Castle as they take to the small boats: We had to row out a little to find the wind since the ship is anchored […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Small Boat Adventures – Part 1

By Kate “Bob” Addison Well our Picton Castle gang is enjoying French Polynesia so far. The fresh baguettes from the bakery on the small round-island road and fresh tropical fruit (pamplemousse and papaye, grapefruit and papaya in French) every day don’t hurt, nor the incredible beauty of the coral lagoon surrounded by steep mountainous islands. […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

At Anchor At Mangareva

Picton Castle is swinging at anchor in the lagoon of Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands of French Polynesia. The Gambier Islands consist of an outer ring atoll with big islands inside the reef about 300 miles NW of Pitcairn Island – truly one of the most beautiful settings in the South Pacific and, extra bonus, a […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Pitcairn Island

By Kate “Bob” Addison “Pitcairn Island – wow!” That’s a pretty good one-line summary for someone who’s never been to Pitcairn, and “Wow!” is also the new name given to Dkembe on the island, because that was his response to so many things there… A new name is one thing you can expect to take […]