HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
0800 Pilot boards
1200 heave to off Buffalo
1330 set sails
1500 Parade of sail commences
1615 enter south breakwall, all sails now set except Flying Jib and Royals.
1725 parade ends, so we take in sail
1750 docked with pushboat assistance, port side-to, one gangway
1755 pilot departs
Launch boats, stow kites, second gangway, rig lights
2030 off-watch stood down. Stand into dock and security watches
Captain’s Comments: The parade of sail into Buffalo today was quite the sight, and the day finished with some amazing 4th of July fireworks. The crew is ready and excited to meet the people of Buffalo and to be a part of their first tall ship festival ever – what an honour!
Position: Alongside Riverwalk Buffalo New York
Weather: Hot and muggy, partly cloudy and calm
Downrig canal fenders
Brace bumpkins & davits
Some spot painting
Safety aloft and up & overs
Fire, Man Overboard & Abandon ship drills.
Walk- through of station bill.
Captain’s Notes: All new hands finally had a formal “meet the Captain” (it’s been a busy few days!).
Bluenose II, St Lawrence II and Denis Sullivan joined us at our anchorage. Pride of Baltimore II and U.S. Brig Niagara are approaching Lock 8. I have a hunch they could turn up here, too. That would make for quite a picture. Empire Sandy, HMCS Oriole & Santa Maria in the first third of the canal.
Position: Anchored Port Colborne
Weather: Light Southwesterly winds, partly cloudy and hot. Distant thunderstorms.
A very early start to the day indeed, with the pilot arriving at 3:30 (yes – 3:30 a.m.). We departed our berth at Toronto for Port Weller at 0408 and at 1230 we entered the locks – here is the ship’s time log of our passage through the locks:
Lock 1. 1305 exit.
Lock 2. 1403 exit.
Lock 3. 1530 exit.
Lock 4. 1657 exit.
Lock 5. 1740 exit.
Lock 6. 1820 exit.
Lock 7. Pilot exchange. 1923 depart.
Lock 8. Walk-through. 2241 exit.
0017 03 July
2019, anchored in 50 feet.
Captains’ Comments: It was a very long day with little opportunity to rest. Tomorrow we will do light work until lunch (undo canal prep and some spot painting), then spend the afternoon with training. We will have fun, as the next day is set to be another marathon day.
Position: 42 deg 51 min N / 79 deg 10 min W, Nickel Beach, Port Colborne.
Weather: Overcast and misty. Still. Forecast for light to moderate Southwesterly winds and late showers.
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
The final day of Redpath Waterfront Festival Toronto, and there was a steady flow of people all day. The busiest day of the festival. 1800 we closed gangway and successfully completed our first Festival of 2019. Being a part of the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto was a fantastic experience – what a way to start the summer voyage. The entire festival was a success – the events, the organizers, our liaison officers – to everyone we encountered including the public – a massive thank you from the crew aboard Picton Castle.
Captain’s Comments: All new trainees have joined as of 1700, and the pilot is firmly booked for 0400 tomorrow morning. Will hoist the boats this evening. We will need to ready ourselves again for entry into the Welland Canal and make our way through the next set of locks.
Position: Berth 283, Toronto
Weather: Partly cloudy, dry and warm with light and variable winds. Forecast steady.
Day 1 of the event in Toronto – the Redpath
Waterfront Festival Toronto.
Ship’s work: Dry sails, Launch both boats, Set up second gangway.
Prepare ship to open to public: Put up signage for visitors, rope barriers across areas where the public is not permitted, crew briefing on what to expect at the first tall ship event of the summer!
Captain’s Comments: All is well, with a moderate flow of visitors across the deck. Several Picton Castle alumni came visiting, and it is always a pleasure to have them come.
Position: Alongside berth 283, Toronto.
Weather: Hot and humid, mostly sunny with light winds. Forecast more of same.
The time log of our passage through the locks of the Saint
Lawrence Seaway continues:
0100 in Snell Lock
0120 Pilot exchange
0135 clear Snell
0220 in Eisenhower Lock
0238 clear Eisenhower
0620 in Eisenhower Lock
0630 Pilot exchange
0650 clear Eisenhower
1445 alongside Clayton, New York, USA
1605 depart Clayton for Toronto
1805 Pilot exchange
Ship’s work: Remember all the work we had to do to prepare the ship to enter the Canal (yards, davits, etc)? Today’s work was to undo all of that work.
Notes from the Captain: Pilot Steve said his time piloting on Picton Castle was “the best thing I have done this year”. Fell in love with our ship cat Fiji (who wouldn’t!). Nothing feels quite so good as showing Picton Castle to someone so enthusiastic. It is invigorating. Expect calm passage across Lake Ontario.
Position: 1kt South of Point Alexandria, Lake Ontario
Speed: 7 kts
Weather: Sunny with cool Southwesterly breeze F3. Forecast for decreasing winds overnight, filling in again during the day tomorrow.
Today was the day we travelled through the locks
of the St Lawrence Seaway. This is the time log from the ship, to give you an
idea of the time is takes a square rigged barque to travel through the locks.
0830 Heave up port anchor
0900 heave short starboard anchor
0910 Pilot boards, 0920 under way.
1000 enter Lock 1
1030 pilots change
1045 clear Lock 1
1305 clear Lock 2
1645 clear Lock 3
1720 Pilots change in Lock 4
1735 clear Lock 4
ETA Lock 5 0030
Notes from Captain: All good aboard. Took some video footage between locks 3 and 4, and into lock 4 taken by trainee Jim Lawson.
Position: Transiting Canal de Beauharnois, up from the Upper Beauharnois Lock.
Weather: Partly cloudy & warm. Cloud building. Forecast Thunderstorm with heavy gusts in the evening.
Wind: SW F3
0530 There was a delay with the pilot and Picton Castle was put in the queue. Asked to call again in the evening for an update.
1625 called GLPA for update. Prospect is for 1045 tomorrow morning
at St Lambert.
Some of the wood on the stairs needed some oiling.
Install new bunk lights in aft cabins.
Training & Workshops:
Workshop: more knots training.
Workshop: Names of parts of ship & rigging
Dustin & Kimba (two trainees for the World Voyage who have
stayed with us for the summer voyage) underwent engine room training. They can
now start both generators and all pumps, know how to charge air tanks.
Conducted Security drill: stowaway search. Fun and informative.
Notes from the Captain: Gang is in good spirits, pulling together as a crew very nicely. They are looking forward to the festival in Toronto. The professional crew are performing well: Cheerful, lead from the front.
Position: Anchored Longueil, 45 32 N / 73 31.5 W, both anchors
Wind: SW F3
Weather: Rain all day, clearing late afternoon
1345 Seaway inspectors Lauzon and Wood board. Boat transfer through Longueuil Club Nautique and the captain gave the boat’s a new Picton Castle truckers cap to say thanks.
1445 Seaway inspectors depart, inspection successfully passed.
1500 Ordered pilots for 0530 departure tomorrow and 0700 St
Lambert GLPA. Linesmen for lock arranged.
Lots more painting!
Repair bow of semi dory, lashed in larger bow pudding
Finish whipping “handlines” for seaway
Splicing workshop; eye splice east coast & west coast taper
Security awareness workshop in preparation to Transport Canada
Commence safety aloft training
Notes from the Captain: Crew in good spirits.
Position: Anchored Longueuil, 45 32 N / 73 31.5 W, both anchors down
Winds: Light Northerly
Weather: Sunny and warm, high cloud moving in
An early start expected tomorrow morning 0340 for 0400 pilot &
heave up both anchors as the Harbour pilot is confirmed for 0400 and will remain
aboard during inspection & until inside the lock.
Captain Lorenzen has been in frequent contact with Captain Miles
of the Pride of Baltimore II, and also with Captain Watson of Bluenose
II. Ships, including tall ships and
foreign flagged ships, entering the St Lawrence Seaway are required to undergo
an inspection by Transport Canada or the US Coastguard and to save some time
all three ships will meet up at the anchorage for their inspection together.
HMCS Oriole passed us late this morning. Nao Santa Maria
was alongside an industrial dock when we came in but has since entered the
Position: Anchored Longueil, 45 32 N / 73 31.5 W, both anchors
Wind: Westerly F5, gusting strong; forecast to veer NW in evening
& ease tonight before tending Northerly, light in early AM.
Weather: Mostly sunny; warm and dry