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Denmark Westward Bound

Two Big Square Riggers Meet Up In The West Indies

April 28, 2015 A little background: towards the end of the 19th century many steam ship companies refitted or built cargo carrying sail-training ships in order to train staff mariners for their steamship companies. Companies saw this as a cost effective way to train crew for their steam-ships with the value becoming clear right away […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Bermuda Bound

We in the Picton Castle are having a fair passage towards Bermuda just now. Seas moderate, winds light and mostly favourable, even currents in our favour. We have a strong crew. Many Picton Castle veterans and we have some pretty salty young folks who have only recently signed off the Danish full-riggers Danmark, Georg Stage […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous

Danmark Crossing the Atlantic

Picton Castle‘s Chief Mate on the Atlantic Voyage and World Voyage 5, Michael Moreland, is now sailing aboard the Danmark, Denmark’s national sail training ship.┬áHe joined the vessel in Lisbon in July and the ship is bound across the Atlantic to Philadelphia with a full ship of cadets on a sail training voyage, before heading […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous

Aboard the Danmark

What do our crew do after signing off the Picton Castle at the end of a long voyage? Well, a great many things. But here is one story. Chief Mate Michael J. Moreland was recruited by the S/V Danmark to become one of their petty officers. The Danmark is the state sailing school ship of […]

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World Voyage 5

South African Cape Horner’s Association Ends

By Josh Spencer Official Announcement: On the 14th of February 2011, the SA Cape Horners met for the last time as an official association aboard S/V Barque Picton Castle in the Cape Town Waterfront. After much deliberation the committee had decided that in view of the rapidly declining membership and the increasing inability of members […]