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Captain’s Log: Introduction to Sailmaking – Ditty Bags

One of the best first projects for any beginner sailmaker is a ditty bag.  What is a ditty bag and why would one want to make one, you ask? Well, a ditty bag is a canvas bag, typically shaped like a cylinder, that’s used to hold a sailor’s tools.  We have no idea why it’s […]

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Captain’s Log – Wire Splicing

Last week, after having served a number of footropes, Bosun School students moved on to wire splicing.  Specifically, splicing an eye into the end of a wire rope. There are a number of uses aboard a ship for a wire rope eye.  Aboard Picton Castle, we have wire sheet pennants for many of our fore […]

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Captain’s Log – Introduction to Sailmaking

Captain Moreland started the sailmaking section of the Bosun School by explaining the shape of a headsail and how to do a first layout of one of these sails.  Bosun School students will start their hands-on practice by making a ditty bag (more on that later), then will learn how to repair sails, and will […]

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Captain’s Log – Rigging And Yards

With Picton Castle in drydock, the Bosun School students are working on yards and rigging. As you may remember from previous Captain’s Logs, we sent down all yards on the fore and main masts except the course yards.  Picton Castle’s royal and t’gallant yards are made of wood, her upper and lower topsail yards (as […]

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Captain’s Log 10 October, 2016 – Drydock Continues …

Picton Castle has now been in drydock for a week.  The ship was hauled out last Monday at the Lunenburg Foundry for routine maintenance.  We haul the ship out of the water every two years in order to inspect, clean and overhaul the hull and the through-hull fittings.  She’s awfully impressive out of the water, […]

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How to Rust Bust Steel Yards

While Picton Castle is in drydock, Bosun School students have been carrying on with projects related to Picton Castle’s yards. All yards except the course yards were sent down last week. Picton Castle’s royal and t’gallant yards (the top two yards on both the foremast and mainmast) are made of wood. The upper and lower […]

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Picton Castle Goes Into Drydock

With the high tide on the morning of Monday October 3, 2016, Picton Castle was hauled out of the water on the marine railway at the Lunenburg Foundry.  We take the ship out of the water every two years so we can clean, inspect and repaint the hull.  The last time Picton Castle drydocked was […]