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Day's Run

Pacific Tradewinds

Our barque is rolling down the sea-miles in fresh southeast tradewinds deep in the South Pacific. We are bound for Palmerston Atoll in the Cook Islands. The ship is some 150 nautical miles northwest of Rarotonga and about 700 nautical miles a bit south of due west from Tahiti. The Picton Castle is sailing along […]

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World Voyage 7

Around Cuba

May 10, 2018 The day comes in fair and mild. Small seas. Light force 3 breezes out of the ESE. Yards against the backstays on the port tack, all canvas set and drawing. Helmsman sailing by-the-wind and making about south by half east (175). A small flying fish has landed aboard the Picton Castle during […]

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World Voyage 7

Captain’s Log – Ports O’Call of our Voyage Around The World.

While it is very important for all of us who sail in this ship to understand and appreciate that our voyage around the blue ocean globe of ours is first and foremost a tarry, shippy, seagoing affair with plenty work and rigorous demands on us all; and if you think that spending a good amount […]

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Day's Run

A Voyage Under Sail Around The World

A voyage under sail around the world – setting out, the skippers view. Captain D.Moreland Next spring I plan to cast off in the Barque PICTON CASTLE, from her old wooden pier on Lunenburg’s historic working waterfront and set sail with a new gang outward bound on a grand voyage around the world in square-rig. […]

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Atlantic Ocean Bosun Scool

Captain’s Log – Bosun School 2016

Bosun School is done for this year. Another excellent Bosun School session has come to a close here on the waterfront in Lunenburg. We had a fine gang of keen marine students who will go far in the marine world as they wish. Since last September up until a few weeks ago they have been busy […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Departing Mangareva

Greetings all from the charthouse of the Picton Castle. The Barque is motor sailing towards the North in light breezes and we are hoping to get into the Easterly trade winds later in the day. We are bound for Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. I relieved Dan Moreland as Captain of the Picton Castle on […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

Landfall: Pitcairn Island

By Kate “Bob” Addison January 21st, 2013 For the sixth time in her distinguished sail training career, barque Picton Castle is in sight of Pitcairn Island, which grows larger and more distinct as we draw closer. It is a perfect South Pacific afternoon, with sparkling blue seas and a bright blue sky as a backdrop […]