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Captain’s Log – Fiji

If you happened to be on social media on 29 or 30 August, you no doubt will have read Fiji’s latest tale. For those of you who don’t know (though considering her fame I imagine there are few who do not) Fiji is our ship’s cat. She first joined the ship at the magical island […]

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Day’s Run – 5 October, 2018

After nearly three weeks anchored in Suva, the capital city of Fiji, we’re off on our merry way again. Yesterday at 10:30 am we sailed off the hook and sailed out of Suva Harbour past fishing boats and misty mountains in the background. Our time in Fiji was well spent, the ship was hauled out […]

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Ship Yard in Fiji

Both prudent ship management and logical marine regulation call for ships to be drydocked from time to time and have their hulls inspected and looked after. This is only natural as most vessels are in a somewhat corrosive environment of salt water. Freshwater is different and much kinder to steel, not so much to wood, […]

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Day’s Run – 16 September, 2018

It was a quiet Sunday at Sea for those not cooking away in the warm galley, it was a relaxing, rainy Sunday. Everyone needs that once in a while. Crew members were huddled together over a laptop in the shelter of the salon enjoying entertaining television shows. Yes, we sailors do enjoy a great series […]

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Day’s Run – 12 June, 2017

By Purser Allison We are approaching the Boston Harbour Shipping Lanes and have seen quite a bit of activity not just with vessels but with marine life. We were fortunate to see whales today that were quite curious about our comparatively small ship that they came to visit. Captain Sikkema held workshops on ratline splices, […]

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Lunenburg

A Ship’s Cat’s Life Ashore

Since returning to Picton Castle’s home base in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada two weeks ago, ship’s cat Fiji has made herself at home in this UNESCO World Heritage town. We’re often asked who owns Fiji.  She really owns herself, as most cats do.  However, she does not have one single owner, she goes with the […]

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Westward Bound

Work at Anchor in Fiji

Tuesday June 24th, 2014 Another fine day aboard the Barque Picton Castle at anchor in Suva harbor, Fiji, South Pacific Ocean. Nice ring to it, “South Pacific Ocean”, a good address, no? The torrential down-pours forecast to drench us today all day long failed to materialize. Nice sunny blue sky kind of day instead. Lovely […]

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Fiji Sunday

By Kate “Bob” Addison Sunday July 22, 2014 It’s a beautiful Sunday morning aboard the Picton Castle lying here at anchor in Fiji, and the crew are scattered around the ship, chilling out after another busy week working on transforming the ship from ship-yard to voyage mode. Amy is reading in her hammock slung between […]

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Westward Bound

The Market In Suva

By Kate “Bob” Addison This is my first visit to Fiji, and being back in the warm, lush humidity of the South Pacific is wonderful. Picton Castle is lying at anchor just off the Royal Suva Yacht Club, on the southeast corner of the largest Fijian island, Viti Levu. It’s a bit more than 3 […]

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World Voyage 5

Time to Sail…

Despite the ticking of the clocks one now finds across the world, despite the ringing of bells or alarms reminding us of places we need to be and things we need to be doing when we get to these places, time never feels the same. Some days seem to ooze or drip by and others […]