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Bosun Scool Lunenburg

Sending Down Yards

Bosun School students have been working on sending down yards. On some other ships, this is done with the assistance of a crane. On Picton Castle, we use the lifting power and mechanical advantage in the ship’s rig to lower the yards down to deck.   Although sending down yards sounds like it may look […]

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Bosun Scool

Captain’s Log: Sailing Schooners & Other Traditional Boats

This weekend was all about boats for the Bosun School. Every fall, there’s a race of traditional vessels in Lunenburg. It’s always a fun event. Our students were adopted by skippers of the various boats to crew with them for the day. The breeze was fresh outside Lunenburg harbour, 20 knots gusting to 25 knots […]

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Bosun Scool Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – Bosun School Begins

Bosun School is officially in session! Monday September 19 was the first day of classes for this session of the Bosun School.  We have a small class this time, which makes for lots of individual attention for each student.  Bosun School is designed for young mariners who want to learn skills to advance their careers. […]

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Lunenburg

A Ship’s Cat’s Life Ashore

Since returning to Picton Castle’s home base in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada two weeks ago, ship’s cat Fiji has made herself at home in this UNESCO World Heritage town. We’re often asked who owns Fiji.  She really owns herself, as most cats do.  However, she does not have one single owner, she goes with the […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – Early September in Lunenburg

12 September, 2016 Early September in Lunenburg On the morning of the last day of August, Picton Castle sailed quietly in to Lunenburg Harbour.  As Captain Sam Sikkema explained in the last Captain’s Log, royal yards, the mainsail, t’gallants and all upper staysails had all been sent down before the ship made her entrance, so […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]