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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Tall Ships America Conference

Captain Moreland and I were at the Tall Ships America annual conference in Boston last week.  Picton Castle is a member of Tall Ships America, whose mission is “to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.” We try to make sure that Picton […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

January 30, 2017 – Sending Down the Mizzen Topmast

Yesterday was as good a day one could ask for in Lunenburg in January to do some rigging work.  The temperature was above freezing, the sun was shining and there was almost no wind. Picton Castle is currently in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and we’re getting some maintenance work done aboard.  We had sent down […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Conference Time in Sweden

Captain Moreland and I just got home to Lunenburg from the Sail Training International conference in Halmstad, Sweden. This is an annual conference, held in various places around the world, for tall ship operators, owners, crew, host ports, and anyone else interested in sail training.  We try to participate, representing Picton Castle, as often as […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Settling Into Life at Sea

Captain’s Log Kate (Bob) Addison – 4 November 2015 The theme of today has been rainbows and wind. Squalls have been blowing over bringing short rain showers and gusty wind, but there’s not been much bite in them so far. And the sunshine after each shower kept our own personal rainbow aglow for much of […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Day’s Run – July 17, 2015

REMARKS: Once again we are underway, heading to Portland Maine for our last tall ship festival stop of the summer. The small boat sailing of the last two days has proven, once again, to be an invaluable teaching method. Today there is a noticeable difference in the confidence of the new trainee crew members to […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Day’s Run – July 7, 2015

Today is a transition day for us as we have crew signing off and new trainees signing on. This necessitates a flurry of activity to get our 15 new crew members sorted out in their personal spaces, shown the layout of the ship and oriented through safety training. Most importantly though, while still tied to […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Day’s Run – June 30, 2015

On your marks…get set…GO!! Today at 10am we began the race to Greenport with Sagres, L’Hermione and Lettie G Howard. What a sight it was – simply stated, it looks like a few tall ships and a beautiful sloop casually met up for a day or two of sailing together. Except that it is so […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014 Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

8 Days and 900 Nautical Miles From Cape Brett, New Zealand

By Chelsea McBroom January 6th, 2014 Since the first day of the New Year in the Picton Castle, we have caught four very large fish. We have spoiled ourselves with ceviche (aka poisson cru, raw tuna with coconut milk), baked and fried fish that Donald has magically created. The crew that were with us from […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008 World Voyage 5

Tearful Farewells at Palmerston

The Picton Castle spent eight days anchored off Palmerston Atoll. While two watches spent time ashore, one watch stayed on the ship. This is not unusual, this is the norm. We follow a similar pattern every time we dock, anchor or moor. But in this case at Palmerston the attention was particularly keen. While not […]

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Voyage of the Atlantic World 2008

Passage to Palmerston

The Picton Castle left Avatiu Harbour in Rarotonga at 2 pm on August 31st. A dock full of well-wishers waved and cheered as we readied the ship for sea. It was reminiscent of a Lunenburg send-off, which was suiting because the Picton Castle also calls this harbour home as well. Among the crowd were some […]