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Miscellaneous Pacific Ocean Uncategorized

Why South Pacific?

Why the change from the Atlantic to the South Pacific? Captain Daniel D. Moreland At the Picton Castle office and aboard the ship here in wintery Lunenburg everyone is pretty excited about the change from sailing to Europe to sailing to the South Pacific. Europe would have been great, but it takes more than me […]

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Day's Run

Captain’s Log – Pitcairn Island

July 29, 2018 By Suzanne Semanson It has been only two days since we left Pitcairn and already we are within hours of our next port, Mangareva. As Captain mentioned during our last muster, that’s hardly enough time to digest our time in Pitcairn. What I did not expect upon arriving at Pitcairn was that […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Nuku Hiva – Part 3

By Chelsea McBroom February 25th, 2014 Another beautiful day ashore with no sign of rain and I had a few options as to what I would do for the day. Starboard watch of the Picton Castle could have gone on a bus tour around the island, or Meg, Erin, and Nils, our Master Divers, had […]

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World Voyage 5

Bounty Day

Almost every year since 1790 on little Pitcairn Island at 25 south latitude and 130 west longitude deep in the South Pacific Ocean, the islanders have held a celebration on January 23. All the islanders gather down at the landing in Bounty Bay, a short cement jetty poured over the rocks that the Bounty crowd […]

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World Voyage 5

Torres Strait

The temperature in the Coral Sea continued to escalate. The sun bit down ferociously and we responded in turn by smothering our skins with sunscreen and wearing progressively bigger straw-brimmed hats. Captain is always telling us to wear shirts. Squalls frequently moved in on the ship with little forewarning – and provided a strange kind […]

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World Voyage 5

Arriving at Rarotonga

During the early morning hours of Saturday August 21, Picton Castle hove to off the east coast of Rarotonga. It was thrilling to wake up with a view of the island, lush green hills rising above the white sand beaches, with the highest rocky points shrouded in puffy light grey clouds and the sun shining […]

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Miscellaneous World Voyage 5

In Rarotonga -Waiting for the Ship

I stumbled onto the tarmac at 5:30 am, steadying myself and blinking. Sweet smoke hung in the air -mingling with the scent of ripe fruit – papayas and mangoes and breadfruit… The sun was scraping the horizon, arriving just in time to fuel my excitement. We were here! Eight of us will meet the Picton […]