Bosun School Lunenburg

Captain’s Log: Introduction to Sailmaking – Ditty Bags

One of the best first projects for any beginner sailmaker is a ditty bag.  What is a ditty bag and why would one want to make one, you ask? Well, a ditty bag is a canvas bag, typically shaped like a cylinder, that’s used to hold a sailor’s tools.  We have no idea why it’s […]

Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 14 June, 2016

The wind continues to slowly build and we are now consistently making between 5 and 6 kts on a beam reach or ‘half wind’. In the forenoon watch all hands were called to participate in a fire drill, getting all the fire extinguishers, hoses, axes and turn gear out for an exercise. Today we also […]

Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 24 May, 2016

The Gale continued on through the night, pushing us further to the north east.  But just before noon the wind started to abate, the rain showers cleared off and at the watch change the wind was down enough for us to set all sail. With all of our sails being cotton canvass we need to […]

Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 19 December, 2015

It was the final ditty bag workshop today: fitting the wooden bottom and splicing on a becket for the handle and there you have it: a properly made canvas bag to keep your ditties in. The night watches started baking overnight tonight – got to lay in plenty of cookies and treats for Christmas! SHIP’S […]

South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Sunday at Sea in the Barque Picton Castle

By Cheri Davidson 29-04 S, 166-53 E – Steering SWxW What could be better for a bunch of sailors in a deep water square-rigger on a long sea passage than a beautiful Sunday at sea? As in ships of old, Picton Castle crew work hard all week, but on a lovely, sunny Sunday like today, […]