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“Colonel” Mad Mike Hoare….African Mercenary 1919-2020

We are were in Durban, South Africa, in December 1976 in the pretty 80’ Danish wooden Brigantine ROMANCE, the ship with so much of her DNA in PICTON CASTLE, about to set off around the Cape of Storms and onwards towards Cape Town. We were westward bound around the world on a long, almost two […]

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Day's Run World Voyage 7

Day’s Run – May 18, 2018

Day comes in warm and high overcast. Sailing around the lee of Serrano Reef with the chart showing many shipwrecks on it. Ships work: This mornings 8-12 on watch had two crew on look out, one at the top of the foremast and one on the foc’sle head. They were instructed to keep their eyes […]

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World Voyage 5

Reunions in Jost Van Dyke

By 2nd Mate Paul Bracken The ship and her crew are homeward bound. We are just two days out from Bermuda, logging six and a half knots under full square sail as we plough our way north. For now the wind is a fresh westerly that was kicked up from a nearby low and my […]

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World Voyage 5

Jost Van Dyke

Light winds carried the Picton Castle NW from stunning lush Dominica on smooth blue seas the almost 300 miles towards the British Virgin Islands. This would be our last Caribbean island before setting off north bound for Bermuda and Nova Scotia. The watch did what we do on watches; steered, kept a good lookout, painted, […]