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Captain’s Log – “Sailing by Starlight and Moonlight”

Written by Trainee Arne Stefferud As the Picton Castle sails across the world’s oceans, each crew member spends time at night on watch sailing by starlight, and moonlight. The stars and planets viewed from horizon to horizon are amazing! We have our own “planetarium view” and are learning about constellations that are not visible to […]

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Day’s Run – 28 July, 2018

Picton Castle comfortably sails along on a northwesterly course in light northeasterly winds. The ocean is resembling a calm lake, very low to no swell. The ship’s work is back into the full swing of things; the dory Sea Never Dry got another coat of paint inboard as well as the thwarts (benches), the Monomoy’s […]

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Day’s Run – 27 July, 2018

With heavy hearts, the Picton Castle crew motored away from Pitcairn Island, our home away from home, with the island the near distance off port side. We motored as there is no useful wind for sailing. At 1300 the longboat was loaded with our bags, souvenirs and fruit, oh so much delicious fruit, at the […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn – Landfall

July 19, 2018 At 0520 Took in sail this past evening to slow the ship. We do not want to make Bounty Bay before dawn, now two hours away. Winds have backed and faired more into the east and have laid down from 25 to 20 knots. Seas are down too. Still pretty lumpy but […]

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Day’s Run – 19 July, 2018

0530 this morning lead seaman Lars of Norway announced to his watch on the quarterdeck that Pitcairn was in sight! Two lights that the islanders left on for us could be seen off the port bow. All hands were awoken at 0715, time to wolf down some rice pudding, sweet muffins and canned pineapple. Annie, […]

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Day’s Run – 18 July, 2018

High winds this morning carried on throughout the day. Watches huddled together staying warm. This has been Picton Castle‘s longest passage ever to Pitcairn. We sailed out of Wreck Bay at Galapagos on June 21st, 29 days ago! Today was our first glimpse of land, Henderson Island was spotted off the starboard side. Many keen […]

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Captain’s Log – Passage to Pitcairn 4

At 24-34S / 128-17W – east by north of Pitcairn Island 100 miles away – dead ahead – mid-day in the Picton Castle. Blowing hard from the SE – Force 6-7, seas large, 20-25 feet – plenty breaking white caps. Some sun and a little blue sky breaking through the low flying scudding clouds tearing […]

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Day’s Run – 17 July, 2018

Moderately calm winds and seas before the sun was upon us this morning. As Captain predicted, through his years of sea-going experience, the seas and winds picked up around 0730 from ahead with a dark line of deep clouds. It was an amazing sight to witness, two sea swells coming in opposite directions, about three […]

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Day’s Run – 16 July, 2018

Plenty of bright stars and a crescent moon above us at dawn this morning, before a gorgeous sunrise dead astern. We were heading south out of the tropics and now have turned west for Pitcairn Island. Captain Moreland has informed us that the calm seas and light winds we’ve been luckily enjoying this passage will […]

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Day’s Run – 15 July, 2018

Another lovely Sunday at sea! This marks our sixth Sunday underway, how lucky are we? Light yet steady winds, bright blue sky holding puffy cumulus clouds, golden sunny rays beaming on deck. Chillin’ out is on the agenda today. Our cook was able to sleep in past 0530 by enlisting three crew members to prepare […]