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Panama Canal Transit Photo Essay

Photos by Tammy Moreland On Wednesday May 31, 2018, the sail training ship Picton Castle transited the Panama Canal from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The crew awoke before dawn to await the arrival of the Panama Canal pilot, then heaved up the anchor shortly after sunrise. Entering the first lock, one of […]

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Anchorage Area F, Port of Colon, Panama – May 29, 2018

After sailing the 18 miles from enchanting and ancient Portobelo the Picton Castle came to anchor yesterday after swinging ship and adjusting compass at the entrance to the Panama Canal area. Then we did the work (below) resulting in being prepared for Canal transit. The gang did an excellent job in the heat. Early this […]

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May 24, 2018 – Portobelo

Quietly at anchor the Picton Castle is surrounded by still waters and the dense jungles of the Isthmus of Panama. Thick abiding jungle. Early this morning while enjoying a cup of yesterday’s (and most excellent) coffee sitting by the teak wheel box all the way aft on the quarterdeck in the cool dawn, all was […]

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May 23, 2018 in Portobelo, Panama

The day came in surprisingly clear. Mists hung over the jungles either side of the Picton Castle, weaving in among the trees like living things. The lapping of tiny waves along the waterline is about the only sound breaking the tropical early morning silence. A man in his dugout canoe came by selling bunches of […]

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Day’s Run – May 21, 2018 and Arriving in Panama

On Monday May 21, with much excitement among the crew, we arrived in Portobelo, Panama around 1000, set the starboard anchor and went in to clear in around 11am. In every port Picton Castle visits, the ship needs to “clear in”, meaning that we check in with customs and immigration officials to make our official […]

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Day’s Run – May 20, 2018

Our third Sunday at sea! Work is laid to rest allowing for hand blisters and muscles to heal for a day. Engine on, full steam ahead we made headway towards Porterbelo, Panama. The ship’s cook, Donald, of Grenada, has Sundays off. To fill in for him, two trainees spend their day from 0530 – 1800 […]

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Day’s Run – May 19, 2018

Picton Castle is making her way into the Gulf of Panama and we are feeling the hot muggy tropical heat for which this area is well known. It will be cooler once we get well into the South Pacific, meantime, at least we’re not shoveling snow….. Ship’s Work: This morning’s wind was light and variable, […]

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Day’s Run – May 18, 2018

Day comes in warm and high overcast. Sailing around the lee of Serrano Reef with the chart showing many shipwrecks on it. Ships work: This mornings 8-12 on watch had two crew on look out, one at the top of the foremast and one on the foc’sle head. They were instructed to keep their eyes […]

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Day’s Run – May 17, 2018

The day came in mostly cloudy but, while still hazy, it has cleared up. The Picton Castle is romping along in fresh tradewinds just ahead of the beam. Ships work: The Bosun and his assistants continue work on the port breezeway head. The teak door is being scraped and sanded and the hardware has been […]

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Skirting Rosalind Banks

May 17, 208 16-31N / 080-11W The day comes in mostly cloudy, warm and humid. Winds pretty steady Force 5 at ESE. Sea moderate to 6 or 7 feet. The Picton Castle is 400 miles due north of Panama sailing close hauled by-the-wind, yards hard on the backstays and skirting Rosalind Banks to our West. […]