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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 3 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Overcast, drizzle, light wind, H 12c L7c, barometer 1027 Along with the ongoing yard work projects, today each of the watches were rotated through a safety orientation. This one will be the first of many to come as the constant repetition enables crew members to become familiar […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015

Day’s Run – July 28, 2015

Always expect the unexpected on the Picton Castle. When pulling up anchor this morning it was looking like we would have to motor for a good portion of today’s journey. Not so – rather we sailed, albeit slowly, to our next destination. Upon arrival we furled sails faster than normal as a thunderstorm was on […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015

Day’s Run – July 21, 2015

REMARKS: We stayed in Portland one extra day, being today, in order to get accomplished a long list of tasks. By staying tied to the dock and focusing on what had to get done we have been able to steadily cross items off the list…without adding anything already done and then slashing a line through […]

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Day's Run Summer 2015

Day’s Run – June 23, 2015

Unexpectedly we spent another day anchored in Annapolis today. Starboard watch hopped the skiff to shore after breakfast while Port watch got busy with a few projects the Bosun had lined up. What I learned is that doing fine, detailed painting close to the waterline while in the skiff, on a day with a steady […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

The Morning Watch

16 October 2013 Coming on deck of our barque this morning for the morning watch of 4 to 8 we find the Picton Castle sailing along with fair winds just aft of the port beam. The ship is sailing east in the Tasman Sea along the 34th parallel south of the equator at about 163 […]

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Lunenburg Meet the Crew

Captain’s Log – A Bosun’s Work

September 22, 2011 On August 30th, 2011, when the Picton Castle’s 3rd official Bosun School commenced, we welcomed eight eager students to the program. Almost a month has passed since that first introductory day and so we felt it was time for another Captain’s Log to allow some of our supporters, alumni and sailing enthusiasts […]

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World Voyage 5

Westward Bound In The Picton Castle

We sailed from Benoa, Bali December 5th in the Picton Castle bound for Reunion Island 3,500 miles away across the wide Indian Ocean. The new crew joining the ship in Bali had several days of orientation in this ship including our safety procedures. Once at sea we conducted fire, abandon ship and MOB drills including […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Arrival at Pitcairn

Picton Castle sailed past Henderson Island, one of the Pitcairn Islands, on Sunday afternoon. There are actually four islands that make up the Pitcairn Islands – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairn is the only one that is regularly inhabited, although the islanders make occasional expeditions to the other islands. Henderson is a raised atoll, […]

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Cape Town, South Africa Indian Ocean Leg 4: Cape Town to Lunenburg Lunenburg Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Position Available Reunion Island Story of the Picton Castle Uncategorized World Voyage 5

Legs 3 & 4

“It feels like I belong here, like this is home” one of our gang aboard said the other day. Over the past three months, the crew have come to know the ship and each other well, increasingly becoming more than friends or coworkers as we all depend on each other and on the ship to […]

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Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean World Voyage 5

Pitcairn’s Island

By Captain Daniel Moreland and Maggie Ostler The Picton Castle is only about 9 miles from Pitcairn Island -we can see the moon setting over the west end of Pitcairn, we are still under full sail including studding sails and the sun rising in the east makes the clouds and our sails look like gold. […]