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Lunenburg Summer Voyage 2012

Home in Lunenburg

By Kate “Bob” Addison August 8, 2012 And so our 2012 summer voyage has come to an end. We’ve sailed to Bermuda and back and explored the East Coast of the USA and Canada as far south as Savannah, Georgia and all the way back up to Halifax. We’ve had city adventures in New York […]

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Lunenburg Summer Voyage 2012

Sailing for Lunenburg in the Fog

By Kate “Bob” Addison 3 August 2012 It’s 8:30pm Atlantic time and Picton Castle is sailing toward Rose Bay, Nova Scotia under lower topsails, main and fore topmast stay sails, inner jib and spanker. It’s foggy out, and damp though not actually raining at the moment. The wind is maybe a Force 5 but seems […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Homeward Bound

By Kate “Bob” Addison 1 August 2012 It’s mid-morning on the first of August and Picton Castle is homeward bound, our position 45º44.3’N 061º32.2’W, as we motor sail into a light headwind towards Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Lunenburg is our Canadian home, and a very special place for the ship and her crew. It is also […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Port Hawkesbury to Pugwash

27 July 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison 9pm on Friday evening, and Picton Castle is at 45º54.0’N, 062º40.8’W in the Northumberland Strait between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We’ve been at or near the same position for a couple of hours now, our 1 knot speed of advance entirely due to the current and […]

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Charles W. Morgan Summer Voyage 2012

Gloucester

By Kate “Bob” Addison 16 July 2012 Monday morning and it’s cool and foggy here on the Picton Castle as we sail up from Gloucester, Massechusetts towards Nova Scotia at the beginning of the end of our summer of Tall Ships. The fog’s been with us almost since we left and it’s chilly enough to […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Halifax

By Kate “Bob” Addison Tuesday morning finds Picton Castle sailing northeast along the coast from Halifax which was the hub of the Nova Scotia tall ship festivals. From there the fleet has divided into two to visit the Nova Scotia outports. Picton Castle along with Bounty, Gazela, Peacemaker and company are heading north towards Port […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Newport

By Kate “Bob” Addison I’m sitting here amidships on the cargo hatch of the Barque Picton Castle under the awning, running the ship’s shop and using the moments of calm in between sales to type away on my laptop. It is a beautiful breezy summer day with SW winds blowing in off the sea. The […]

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Bosun Scool Summer Voyage 2012

Bristol Bosun School

4 July 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison Picton Castle is heading south from Bristol, Rhode Island towards Newport, RI for the Ocean State Tall Ships event starting tomorrow. The sun’s come out after a greyish start to the day and hands are aloft right now loosing sail. Donald’s making lunch, looks amazing – fried chicken, […]

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Bosun Scool Summer Voyage 2012

Sailmaking and Aase’s Birthday

28 June, 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison Firstly, Happy Birthday to AB Aase and thanks to Dr Jen and her gang for making the cream and berry layered cakes – yum! I am sitting in the gymnasium of an old empty granite military barrack in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA. It’s a sunny summer’s day outside […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Block Island

By Kate “Bob” Addison June 22, 2012 It’s Friday morning and there’s an air of quiet industry here aboard Picton Castle, at anchor off Old Harbour, Block Island. We sailed in yesterday, dropped the hook just before midday. We sailed up the lee (east) side of Block Island in the early morning sun and light […]