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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

Drying Sails

It had been a long winter, and an even longer spring – with the Pandemic making molasses out of time. With a beautiful forecast predicted for the week, Captain Moreland and Maggie recruited a small group of willing hands to participate in an afternoon work party. It was one of those perfect spring days. Blue […]

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Lunenburg

A Beautiful Day in Lunenburg to Work on the Picton Castle

On Thursday of last week, the sun was shining and it was the perfect opportunity to spend some time working on the Picton Castle at her winter wharf. We had a small crew come together to help tighten up some of the lines and check off a few of the planned work jobs on our […]

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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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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

Lessons Learned at Sea

Bronwen here, I am one of the SPV Picton Castle Shore Crew. As a quick introduction, for those who don’t know me.  I sailed as a Deckhand on the Picton Castle in 2007, and then joined the crew again as Voyage Coordinator/Purser/Deckhand during World Voyage 5 (2010/2011). After almost seven years away from the Tall Ship […]

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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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Happy to be joining the Picton Castle team!

I recently joined the shore crew of the Picton Castle, and after just a few weeks of work in the office I am so happy to have become a part of this welcoming team. My name is Danielle, and as a born-and-raised Nova Scotian I have come to need the ocean like oxygen. I have […]

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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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Captain’s Log – From A Parent’s Perspective

By Trudi Inglis Over the years, I’ve spoken with many parents and grandparents who have children or grandchildren who want to come and sail on one of Picton Castle’s voyages.  One thing we all know about parents (grand or otherwise) is that they tend to worry. And if they’re talking to me, then they’re worrying […]