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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Bound for Pitcairn Island

Barque Picton Castle – Opua, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand – December 31, 2013 After much preparation and anticipation the Picton Castle sailed from lovely Bay of Islands, New Zealand two days ago, bound for Pitcairn Island. The ship and crew are ready for sea in all respects. We waited out passage of […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Drying Sail

Wednesday December 11, 2013 The day comes in fair and clear and calm. Not a ripple on the sea. A few nice old yachts lay at moorings between the Picton Castle and the village wharf of Russell. The early morning ferry from Paihia leaves a wake which rocks our skiff alongside as she passes. Dew […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Sailing To The Next Island

Tuesday December 3, 2013 With all this discussion of Capt. James Cook sailing around hereabouts in small barques and anchoring where we have been anchoring here and there – and with the fine worthy Barque Lord Nelson a heaving line throw or so away anchored off to our starboard – and with something like a […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

At Motuarohia, aka Robertson’s Island, Bay of Islands

Monday December 2nd, 2013 This day comes calm with a light southerly breeze. Pale yellow sunlight streams through layered clouds in this early morning. We sailed here a day ago after anchoring up under Day Point to tuck in out of some 30 knot plus winds. Motuarohia is a small sweet island or a couple […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Russell, aka Kororareka

November 28, 2013 At anchor off the old colonial village of Russell, also known as Kororareka in the Maori language. Once the capital of New Zealand, we are told. Smaller than Mahone Bay it is. We had a beautiful day here in the Bay of Islands. The day came in clear and bright with a […]