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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

Charleston Tall Ships I

It’s Tall Ship time. The Picton Castle came sliding in from Martinique to the sea-buoy and Pilot Station off Charleston right on time to fall in line with the other ships. We were all to make a grand entrance into Charleston Harbour; a parade of Tall Ships majestically making their way into this famous haven. […]

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East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007 Meet the Crew

Meet The Crew III

Mary Anne, Deckhand A native of Pictou, NS, Mary Anne joined the Picton Castle in November of 2006 where she signed on as a trainee for the entire winter sailing sail training schedule in the Caribbean. A retired nurse and the daughter of a professional seaman who also sailed extensively in commercial square-riggers out of […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

South Carolina, Here We Come!

Location: 31° 38.8’N / 079° 40.2’W Water Temp: 24.9°C; Air Temp: 28°C It has turned out to be a beautiful sunny and hot day aboard the Picton Castle. The 12-4 watch is busy rust-busting and corrosealing the port anchor chain (much to the dismay of the crew trying to sleep directly below in the forecastle) […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

East of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas

Bound from: Sandy Cay, BVIs, towards Charleston, SC Between the hours of 1800-1900 (6-7 PM) last evening the Picton Castle motored past her way point, San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. This is interesting for two reasons: First, the “way point” is a position on a chart that the navigator chooses to steer towards while […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

The Best of Both Worlds

Bound from: Sandy Cay, BVIs; Towards: Charleston, SC Location: 21° 52.906’N / 71° 19.996’W This afternoon the Picton Castle is cruising along at a comfortable 7.2 knots of speed. The breeze is a gentle force 3 and the swells are coming from ESE at a height no greater than 2-3 ft. We are braced on […]

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Atlantic Ocean East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

Underway for Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Location: 16° 38.196′ N / 62° 52.135′ W (about parallel to Montserrat, UK) Ordered Course: N x W Yesterday was nothing short of a flurry of activity aboard the barque Picton Castle! Over a 24-hour period, our crew was joined by (lucky) 13 new trainees who are aboard for this three-week passage bound for adventure […]

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East Coast Tall Ships Challenge 2007

Pirate Master

The secret TV shoot the Picton Castle has been working on for over two months is finished. “It’s a wrap,” as they say in TV land. There is still lots of work to be done, editing and so forth but the filming or video taping is complete. Since mid-February the Picton Castle has been at […]