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Atlantic Ocean Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

The Making of La Grande Traversée

Back in the summer of 2016, Picton Castle sailed on a transatlantic voyage where we filmed a television series on the way from La Rochelle, France to Quebec City, Canada.  The show was called La Grande Traversée and followed the lives of 10 “colonists” who lived life on board as it would have been for […]

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Atlantic Ocean Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

La Grand Traversée Airs Starting April 11, 2017

Picton Castle played the role of L’Esperance last summer as the French-language documentary La Grand Traversée was filmed on board while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. We will get to see the first episode when it airs tomorrow night, Tuesday April 11, 2017 on Radio-Canada. La Grand Traversée tells the story of ten “colonists” who made the […]

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Captain’s Log – Early September in Lunenburg

12 September, 2016 Early September in Lunenburg On the morning of the last day of August, Picton Castle sailed quietly in to Lunenburg Harbour.  As Captain Sam Sikkema explained in the last Captain’s Log, royal yards, the mainsail, t’gallants and all upper staysails had all been sent down before the ship made her entrance, so […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – 30 August, 2016

At 2230 this evening Picton Castle dropped anchor in Rose Bay, in the same spot we lay four months and a little under 10,000 nautical miles ago. Quite a contrast to the blustery cold morning when we set out into the North Atlantic in May, the ship now lays calm and still, the only noise […]

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Toronto then Bound Down the St. Lawrence River

Picton Castle wrapped up a two-week stay in Toronto this past Sunday, casting off the mooring lines and heading out into Lake Ontario and then down the St. Lawrence River towards Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, which is our home base. You may have noticed that Toronto wasn’t on our original itinerary for this voyage. We […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – Bound for Toronto

Picton Castle set sail from Quebec City on Tuesday August 2nd, bound for Toronto.  The ship gained a number of admirers in Quebec City and some were on the wharf to see the ship get underway and wave goodbye.  We’ll be back in Quebec City again in 2017 for a big tall ships event called […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – Quebec City

Picton Castle made a grand entrance at Quebec City on Thursday July 28th. As you may remember, we have been working on a project that involves a historical re-enactment, and this is the final port for that project. Families of those aboard were standing on the shore at the harbour entrance, watching Picton Castle pass […]

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Day’s Run – 12 July, 2016

And the next low pressure system comes through bringing near gale force winds for the day. PICTON CASTLE is crawling along upwind under short sail trying to make the best of these conditions. Fortunately for us this was only to last the day. In the late afternoon the barometer began rising again and at the […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 11 July, 2016

Another day working through the Atlantic, to the North this time. Breeze filled in westerly in the morning and has been a steady Force 5 for most of the day.  All of the safety gear got a quick overhaul: as we know we will need it again, we must keep it in top notch condition.  With […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 10 July, 2016

Weather forecasting has been an amazing advancement to safety at sea: to be able to have a heads up to what’s around the corner and being able to plan accordingly. But as complex as weather systems can be, the forecasters and computer models don’t always get it right. While we were expecting the breeze to […]