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Bosun School

The Sweet, Sweet Smell of Swedish Pine Tar

Today we’re wishing that smell-o-vision was a thing.  As I walked through the gate towards the warehouse, I could smell the most lovely, smoky aroma that could only be one thing – Swedish pine tar.  Pine tar is used liberally in Picton Castle’s rigging maintenance, it coats various parts of the standing rigging and helps […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – Rigging And Yards

With Picton Castle in drydock, the Bosun School students are working on yards and rigging. As you may remember from previous Captain’s Logs, we sent down all yards on the fore and main masts except the course yards.  Picton Castle’s royal and t’gallant yards are made of wood, her upper and lower topsail yards (as […]

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Summer 2015

Day’s Run – June 17, 2015

REMARKS: This morning the whole crew worked together on switching out the skiff we’ve been using for the one housed on top of the galley. Port watch then broke off to do some small boat sailing in the Bay while Starboard watch got busy on the ship’s work for the day. At 1630 the Captain […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Bosun School in Lunenburg

How goes the Bosun School, one might ask? Going very well indeed, it is. Since arrival in Lunenburg our participants (from Canada, USA, Finland, Iceland and Denmark) have been very busy! They have been fixing and repairing boats, rowing boats, sailing boats, moving boats, bending sails, handling sails, sending sail down, making knots, splicing ropes, […]