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Bosun Scool Lunenburg

Why Train Under Sail?

From the mid 19th century until the mid 20th century, sailing ships were the incubator and hatchery for almost all deep-sea steam-ship mariners be they naval or merchant marine. This is what came to be known as “trained in sail” or later, “sail training”. This training service came about due to the extraordinarily rich seamanship […]

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Bosun Scool

First Day of Bosun School

Although elementary and high school students in Lunenburg started school a couple of weeks ago, today is the first day of school for another group of students in Lunenburg. Picton Castle’s Bosun School begins today and we have a group of eager students ready to sharpen both their pencils and their knives. The Bosun School […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – May 22, 2015

DATE: May 22nd, 2015 REMARKS: Land ho! The pretty wooded islands of Nova Scotia emerged out of the fog late this morning, shortly followed by the sweet smell of wood smoke. As I write we’re abeam of Mosher Island lighthouse. It’s about 10 degrees C, but feels colder with the damp, drizzly air and wind […]

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Westward Bound

4-8 Watch In The Evening

Squally squally equatorial afternoon March 13, 2015 The Picton Castle is about 200 miles off the NE corner of Brazil just about on the equator. All square sail is set barring the fore royal which is waiting for the just now finished shiny new royal yard to be sent up and crossed. The yards are […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – March 19, 2015

Another fine day of trade wind sailing and we’re getting back into our fair weather routines. Captain ran another splicing workshop this afternoon: mostly a refresher for most people, but with the aim of bringing everyone up to the same level. He ran through eye splice (with different tapers), with-the-lay sailmakers’ eye splice, short splice, […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Knots and Bounty

By Chelsea McBroom January 27th, 2014 “Essentially someone gave another turn or twist to a knot and then gave it a new name,” says the Mate, Dirk, as we all sat googly-eyed, staring at the long list of knots we should know before us. We were having a workshop on Advanced Knots on the quarterdeck […]

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South Pacific Voyage 2012-2013

At Anchor At Mangareva

Picton Castle is swinging at anchor in the lagoon of Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands of French Polynesia. The Gambier Islands consist of an outer ring atoll with big islands inside the reef about 300 miles NW of Pitcairn Island – truly one of the most beautiful settings in the South Pacific and, extra bonus, a […]

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Bosun Scool Lunenburg

Bosun School and the Martha Seabury

Late summer is probably the best time of year in Lunenburg. We’ve been blessed with outstanding weather, sunny, warm and pleasant. Hurricane Leslie, which we had been watching closely, kindly avoided Lunenburg. Convenient for the Bosun School, because it makes the wharf, the boatyard at the Dory Shop and any number of other outdoor spaces […]

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World Voyage 5

A Bird’s Eye View

By Paula Washington Looking to my left all that can be seen is broad blue ocean, the occasional flying fish breaks the surface as it glides with wing-like fins away from predators lurking below the waves. Out to my right cumulus clouds are beginning to form into a heavy line obscuring the horizon. Looking aft […]