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Lunenburg

Whale Ship or Training Ship?

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I only just recently read the excellent book “In The Heart Of The Sea” by Nathaniel Philbrick.  It has been on my reading list forever but I just hadn’t got to it for whatever reason.  My interest was renewed a couple of years ago when I heard Nathaniel […]

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Lunenburg

Staff Meeting in the Time of COVID-19

Since the middle of March, Picton Castle shore crew have all been working from home.  From time to time we’ve gone into the office to pick up mail, sign cheques, or do other things that can only be done in person.  We’re in constant communication by email, with frequent texts and phone calls too.  But […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Voyage to the South Pacific Update

Over the past weeks, we’ve been looking at our options in order to work out how to proceed with Picton Castle’s Voyage to the South Pacific.  With all of the various countries and ports having their own travel restrictions and requirements, we’ve been piecing together what the voyage should look like.  We have been in […]

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Lunenburg

7 Lessons Learned Aboard Picton Castle That Prepared Me For This Pandemic

Maggie here, from the Picton Castle shore crew.  Normally I’d be writing to you from our Lunenburg office, but today I’m writing to you from my living room.  In an effort to do our part to flatten the curve, our shore crew have been working from home for the past two weeks.  For me, that […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos, Even Better Than I Imagined Maggie here, from Picton Castle’s shore crew.  I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have sailed with Picton Castle to the Galapagos not once but twice.  When I was first interested in sailing as a trainee, the Galapagos Islands was one of the ports I was most excited about.  Why?  To […]

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Day's Run

Will I Get Seasick?

Maggie here, from Picton Castle’s shore crew.  I wasn’t always shore crew, I first joined Picton Castle as a trainee back in 2005.  One of the things I was concerned about was seasickness.  As it turns out, my concerns were valid because I did indeed suffer from seasickness.  There’s no way to know who will […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Sailing in the Tropics

Picton Castle and her shore crew are in the grip of winter here in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  On this Blue Monday, which is considered the saddest day of the year, we’re going to bring some sunshine into your life (and our lives) by writing about sailing in the tropics.  First, let’s clear up what […]

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Voyage to the South Pacific

Engineer Wanted!

Picton Castle Engineer Wanted For Voyage to the South Pacific The sail training ship Picton Castle is bound for the South Pacific in May 2020 and is in need of an engineer to join the professional crew for the voyage.  The voyage both starts and ends in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  The itinerary includes ports […]

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Day's Run

Christmas Afloat and Ashore

If it has seemed a bit quiet around here in late December it’s for good reason, we took a bit of a break over the holidays.  It’s a rare treat for our shore crew to be able to do that – when Picton Castle is on a voyage we’re all on standby, communicating from shore […]

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Day's Run

Sail Training International Conference

The past week has been a whirlwind of connecting, meeting, learning and networking at the Sail Training International conference in Antwerp, Belgium.  Picton Castle was represented by Captain Daniel Moreland, Tammy Moreland, Bronwen Livingston and myself (Maggie Ostler).  Based in England, Sail Training International (STI) is the worldwide body that promotes sail training, supports ships, […]