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Voyage to the South Pacific

Important Update to Crew – Voyage to the South Pacific

Dear Crew of Picton Castle’s Voyage to the South Pacific, This is an important update about the start of this voyage.  Please take it in and come back with any questions. We are postponing the crewing up and start of our Voyage to the South Pacific until the autumn. Due to this virus pandemic and […]

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Lunenburg

Beautiful Day at the Picton Castle’s Dock

It has been a long winter for our venerable barque moored at our wharf at 174 Bluenose Drive here in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The Picton Castle, like any sailing ship, does better sailing in sunny trade winds alive with her crew looking after her rather than sitting under slush and snow with winter gales howling […]

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Lunenburg Miscellaneous

Coronavirus and PICTON CASTLE

Dear PICTON CASTLE crew for our voyage to the South Pacific, It is pretty clear that have been some dramatic and significant changes in our world in the past few weeks.  We continue to look into how these changes affect PICTON CASTLE and our upcoming voyage to the South Pacific.  As we announced earlier this […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Captain’s Log – Takaroa, Tuamotu Archipelago

A little while ago I received a note from some family of friends who were out sailing around the South Pacific Ocean in their cruising yacht. They had asked me for, received and followed some advice about where to go and what to look for in the Tuamotu group northeast of Tahiti and the Society […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Update – Coronavirus and Picton Castle

To all Picton Castle crew, Like everyone else keen on our upcoming Voyage to the South Pacific in the PICTON CASTLE, we’ve been watching the news here as this coronavirus predictably expands.  We have also been gathering information from other ships and our agents and contacts in the countries we intend to visit.  We knew […]

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Day's Run

“Colonel” Mad Mike Hoare….African Mercenary 1919-2020

We are were in Durban, South Africa, in December 1976 in the pretty 80’ Danish wooden Brigantine ROMANCE, the ship with so much of her DNA in PICTON CASTLE, about to set off around the Cape of Storms and onwards towards Cape Town. We were westward bound around the world on a long, almost two […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Why I Love Sailing to the Caribbean

Sailing from Nova Scotia southbound for the tropics can be quite the treat as well as a challenge in a big old school square-rigger. Any kind of vessel really. We sail southbound for the Caribbean Sea in the Picton Castle in June. South to the Caribbean for the summer? Is this crazy? Not at all. In […]

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Lunenburg

Snow Day for the Picton Castle

While keenly looking forward to sailing in the balmy South Pacific…we take a moment to enjoy the winter here in Lunenburg. Here in Lunenburg, we are preparing for our upcoming voyage to the South Pacific. Quite a bit of excitement. Crew and trainees are signing up. Making lists. Working on plans. Talking to our Panama […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Bound for the South Pacific

Bound for the South Pacific in the Barque Picton Castle Here at the Picton Castle office, we have been getting all sorts of questions from folks who have been thinking about sailing in our Barque Picton Castle. They tell us that they are looking for that amazing deep-sea, blue-water seafaring, square-rigger voyaging experience. Kind of right […]

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Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Uncategorized

Why South Pacific?

Why the change from the Atlantic to the South Pacific? Captain Daniel D. Moreland At the Picton Castle office and aboard the ship here in wintery Lunenburg everyone is pretty excited about the change from sailing to Europe to sailing to the South Pacific. Europe would have been great, but it takes more than me […]