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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 12 May, 2016

After motoring through a calm night set sail around noon today. A north east breeze sprang up and we got the ship under sail slowly to the south. Slowing down is exactly what we want to do at this time as a low pressure system is deepening over this area and we want to give […]

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Back-to-Back Transatlantics Voyage

Day’s Run – 6 May 2016

Picton Castle hove up anchor this morning from Rose Bay outbound for sea. We started our voyage to La Rochelle, France yesterday departing from our wharf in Lunenburg Harbour in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada a little after 3pm. We then anchored up for the night with a view to getting the crew one more night to get used to […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 19 January, 2016

Our crew got their first glimpse of Gorée Island as we arrived into Dakar – most will take the ferry across to visit this historic and poignant reminder of the Atlantic slave trade. This link will take you to more information on Gorée Island and its history.

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – March 9, 2015

Saw a big mahi mahi jump several feet out of the water today, just off the port beam – it looked like it was being chased by dolphins. Nothing on the fishing lines though, maybe we’re not going fast enough to be tempting. We seem to be past the worst of the squalls now, and […]

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Westward Bound

Bending Sail in Fiji

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 11, 2014 Friday came in bright and clear aboard Picton Castle as we are lying here at anchor in Fiji waters. Another dry day, perfect for bending on more sail! Bending sail is an exciting moment in a voyage – one more step away from shipyard mode and towards being […]

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Westward Bound

Fiji Sunday

By Kate “Bob” Addison Sunday July 22, 2014 It’s a beautiful Sunday morning aboard the Picton Castle lying here at anchor in Fiji, and the crew are scattered around the ship, chilling out after another busy week working on transforming the ship from ship-yard to voyage mode. Amy is reading in her hammock slung between […]

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Westward Bound

The Market In Suva

By Kate “Bob” Addison This is my first visit to Fiji, and being back in the warm, lush humidity of the South Pacific is wonderful. Picton Castle is lying at anchor just off the Royal Suva Yacht Club, on the southeast corner of the largest Fijian island, Viti Levu. It’s a bit more than 3 […]

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Miscellaneous South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Shipyard in Fiji, Day One

May 22nd, 2014 The day came in calm with light rain, we got the anchor up and, motored the mile to the shipyard through anchored vessels and some cruising yachts and nosed the Picton Castle into a bunch of Oriental Fishing boats, from their rust stains and sea-slime well above their waterline they’re clearly waiting […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Tongan Feast

By John Kinley, Apprentice April 29th, 2014 Tongans are renowned for their musical prowess and for their unmatched sense of hospitality. During the Picton Castle‘s stay in Tonga, the crew was treated to both in abundance. A fellow member of the crew, Vai Latu, is a Tongan from the very islands we were visiting, the […]

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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Dragging Anchor in Palmerston

By John Kinley, apprentice April 15th, 2014 It was a dark and stormy night. The crew of the Picton Castle was restless as the anchor chain cranked and rattled in the hawse pipe. The anchor’s fragile grip held our bulky ship in the lee of the small atoll of Palmerston on a narrow strip of […]