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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Sunday at Sea in the Barque Picton Castle

By Cheri Davidson 29-04 S, 166-53 E – Steering SWxW What could be better for a bunch of sailors in a deep water square-rigger on a long sea passage than a beautiful Sunday at sea? As in ships of old, Picton Castle crew work hard all week, but on a lovely, sunny Sunday like today, […]

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Night Watch At Sea

By Cheri Davidson 25-56 S, 174-03 E At Sea 19 September 2013 It’s just after 12 midnight on the Picton Castle and the Starboard Watch has gone to sleep. Port Watch now has the decks and are waking up with cups of tea and coffee. Night watch can get pretty chilly. When we are woken […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

At Sea, Sailing From Tonga

21-05 south latitude / 176-15 west longitude Steering SW under all sail The Picton Castle and crew are, at this writing, a day at sea after sailing from Neiafu, Vava’u, Kindom of Tonga yesterday. We are making good time with fresh SE trade winds pulling us along at 7 knots at times. Seas are moderate […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga

By Cheri Davidson 18-39 S, 178-59 W Sunday September 8, 2013 After a rockin’ and rollin’ motor from Palmerston Atoll, we have arrived in Tonga! The beautiful islands of the Kingdom of Tonga came into view for the crew of Picton Castle on Friday morning. After a rolly few days of motoring at sea, they […]

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Palmerston Atoll

By Cheri Davidson Monday September 2, 2013 Crew and ship are back to sea again after a brief but welcomed stop at Palmerston Island. Picton Castle has brought cargo to the people of Palmerston twice this past summer, and we have many good friends there. This time we carried just a couple small freezers, a […]