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Denmark Westward Bound

Two Big Square Riggers Meet Up In The West Indies

April 28, 2015 A little background: towards the end of the 19th century many steam ship companies refitted or built cargo carrying sail-training ships in order to train staff mariners for their steamship companies. Companies saw this as a cost effective way to train crew for their steam-ships with the value becoming clear right away […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Maria at Sea

By apprentice Maria Andersen from Denmark The sun has already started to rise in the horizon, it is four o’clock in the morning and our watch has started. In the beginning I was really tired at this point, but now that I am getting used to sleeping in my bunk (that is, by the way, […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Denise’s Birthday

By apprentice Denise Knudsen So it became the 19th of January, my 20th birthday. It started with my night watch 10 minutes before midnight (I’m on the 12-4). It was a typically windy and cold night. We (the watch) took over the deck and at midnight sharp, two of my shipmates Beamy and Mark started […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Bound for Pitcairn Island

Barque Picton Castle – Opua, Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand – December 31, 2013 After much preparation and anticipation the Picton Castle sailed from lovely Bay of Islands, New Zealand two days ago, bound for Pitcairn Island. The ship and crew are ready for sea in all respects. We waited out passage of […]

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Meet the Crew Miscellaneous

Aboard the Danmark

What do our crew do after signing off the Picton Castle at the end of a long voyage? Well, a great many things. But here is one story. Chief Mate Michael J. Moreland was recruited by the S/V Danmark to become one of their petty officers. The Danmark is the state sailing school ship of […]