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Sailing Blue Water in Square Rig

Today there are any number of lovely sailing vessels making wonderful trips under sail that most anyone can join. Schooners, brigantines and the like. Most of these trips are for a week or two, even up to a semester long if you are a student seeking accredited school time while also sailing at sea. Many […]

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Tsunami in Tonga

Some thoughts regarding the recent tsunami near Tonga. Picton Castle has a well loved former crewmember from Tonga, Vai. She has been back home for awhile. Since the news broke about the underwater volcano eruption near Tonga which caused a tsunami, we have had many inquiries as to her wellbeing. While we have not heard […]

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Help Keep Picton Castle Sailing

For 25 years the tall ship Picton Castle has provided intensely memorable experiences to those lucky enough to be part of her globe-circling voyages. While changing lives, she has attracted attention, won awards, and provided aid to remote communities in far-flung island nations. She is a one-of-a-kind vessel, and she always has taken care of her crews. […]

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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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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 […]

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Atlantic Ocean Lunenburg Miscellaneous

Getting Ready for Sea

GETTING READY FOR SEA By: Captain D. Moreland A pretty deep, snowy and proper winter here in Lunenburg these days. The PICTON CASTLE is snugly moored to her wharf; 1,500 pound anchor and 300 feet of big anchor chain out in the harbour holding her against SE gales and storms to which this harbour is […]

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Lunenburg Miscellaneous

Winter Weather Woes

12 January, 2017 It is an incredibly mild day here in Lunenburg today. It’s actually  +12°c/54°f which is incredibly warm for us on a mid-January day in Nova Scotia. The harbour is almost perfectly calm; this morning as I was walking down Bluenose Drive is was a sheet of glass. Just perfect. You would never […]

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Christmas is on its way – Need a last minute gift idea?

If you’ve been with us a while, you know we don’t often send out cheesy requests that you purchase our merchandise. It’s always available, but we usually sell it on the ship. Christmas is nearly here, though, and we have some of our super popular “We May Be Slow” shirts available. At only $25CAD each […]

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Now Hiring Mates

Picton Castle is now accepting applications for Mates/Watch Officers for the upcoming voyage. The voyage begins early 2018 and runs until May 2019. This is a sail training voyage for adults and will consist of significant blue-water passages. Qualification requirements vary by position, but all professional crew must have STCW Basic Safety Training and extensive […]

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Who Would You Want To Sail With?

Each Picton Castle voyage has its own character, its own inside jokes, its own on-board culture. One of the exciting parts of planning a voyage is putting together the crew and trying to imagine how everyone will interact together. While there are different individuals on each voyage, there are some common themes. People who sail […]