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Quebec City – The Pinnacle of the Rendez-vous

Quebec City has rolled out the red carpet, so to speak, for all of the tall ships gathered here now including Picton Castle. This is the largest gathering of tall ships in Canada this year, all here to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. The last time Quebec City hosted a major tall ships event […]

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Day’s Run – 14 June 2017

By Allison Steele, purser Today as we made our way closer to Boston we were joined again by some curious marine life. The crew was busy with ship’s work including painting, varnishing and tarring. We also conducted some drills in tacking and wearing the ship to make sure we are snappy for the Parade of […]

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At Sea on Saturday May 27, 2017

By Allison Steele After a few rough days at sea with rain, gale force winds and 10+ foot seas, the sun finally broke through and the seas calmed. New trainees jumped in with both feet and began to learn the ways of the ship. The Picton Castle boasts over 12,000 square feet of canvas and […]

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Good Sailing

Friday May 26, 2017 After a boisterous few days under sail in strong conditions first light broke with a clear sky this morning, our first since Picton Castle set out from Charleston after an excellent meeting of Tall Ships there. With the ship quietly rolling along under tops’ls and the fores’l at about 5.5 knots […]

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Departing Charleston

By Allison Steele Tuesday May 23, 2017 After a 10 day passage the crew were excited to stop at our first port of call this summer and join an international fleet of tall ships in Charleston South Carolina, USA.  The Picton Castle saw over 3,000 visitors during the three-day event and reveled in the attention.  It was a very […]

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New Mizzen Topmast

Most of the crew have now arrived aboard Picton Castle in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada for the Rendezvous 2017 voyage. It’s always an exciting time when a voyage begins. There is a flurry of activity around the ship as people move aboard and get settled, ship’s work picks up speed as the number of hands […]

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We’ve Added Two New Legs To This Summer’s Voyage!

This summer Picton Castle will participate in the Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, one of the biggest and most exciting gatherings of tall ships in many years.  We’re looking forward to being part of an international fleet of vessels, our crew in company with sailors from around the world. We have just added one more port to […]

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Tall Ships America Conference

Captain Moreland and I were at the Tall Ships America annual conference in Boston last week.  Picton Castle is a member of Tall Ships America, whose mission is “to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.” We try to make sure that Picton […]

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Hiring Staff Crew for Rendezvous 2017

Picton Castle carries a full complement of 52 people, which includes 40 trainee crew and 12 professional crew. While trainee crew don’t need to have any experience sailing, our professional crew are qualified, certified, knowledgeable mariners with hands-on experience. Because Picton Castle is a training ship they have to not only be excellent seafarers, they […]