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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

The Night The Anchor Dragged In Palmerston

By Captain John Beebe-Center April 15th, 2014 Sometimes you just know. Being at anchor at Palmerston Island presented some logistical challenges – primarily because one goes from no sounding to a coral reef in about 200 yards distance. The out fall of the lagoon and the prevailing Easterly breezes are what keep an anchored ship […]

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Ready for Anchorage

By Chelsea McBroom April 13th, 2014 Port went ashore to Palmerston Island while starboard stayed on board to continue with a day of ships work. Melbourne, a man from Palmerston, came by asking if we had any soap to spare and so I brought him a bag full of bars to take back. Some locals […]

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Rarotonga – Part 4

By Chelsea McBroom April 11th, 2014 A family in town that ran a bike rental shop were given a tour of the ship and were so pleased with how excited the kids were, they offered to repair our Picton Castle bicycles. Somehow I always end up riding the bright pink cruiser bike with the back […]

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Rarotonga – Part 3

By Chelsea McBroom April 10th, 2014 April 5th was the dreaded day when Pania, the Picton Castle‘s bosun, and Sam, the watch officer, cleaned out their bunks and packed their bags. Their time with the ship was over (for now) and they were signing off in the port of Rarotonga. We went to dinner at […]

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Rarotonga – Part 2

By Chelsea McBroom Wednesday April 9th, 2014 It was a bright sunny day in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, a bit windier than usual and people were kite surfing along the shore closer to town. The beach stretched into town and the waves could be heard crashing with the sounds of traffic. Pania, Maria, Lily […]

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Lily’s Letter

By Lily Donovan March 31st, 2014 Editor’s note: Lily Donovan joined Picton Castle as a trainee in Sydney last October and has been aboard ever since. When our regular cook, Donald Church, left the ship in Tahiti for some time off, Lily took over as ship’s cook. She wrote a letter to friends and family […]

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Chasing Pins

By Chelsea McBroom March 30th, 2014 I like to think about my first month aboard the Picton Castle, when there were nearly fifty people aboard sailing from Sydney, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. That was nearly six months ago now. One of the best things about being aboard the ship, and also maybe one of […]

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Leaving Huahine

By Chelsea McBroom March 28th, 2014 After the starboard watch returned to the Picton Castle from their overnight expedition in the monomoy, they told us excitedly that they had sweet revenge on the sand crabs that had bothered the port watch the night before. Late at night they decided to cook and eat them all, […]

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Overnight Expedition in Huahine

By Chelsea McBroom March 27th, 2014 It was decided at the last minute that I should join the port watch on their overnight trip in the monomoy, our rowing/sailing longboat. It was a Sunday In Huahine, when everything is closed or closes early, and I knew that I would accomplish more on my To Do […]

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Biking Huahine

By Chelsea McBroom March 25th, 2014 Starboard watch had their day off ashore at the French Polynesian island of Huahine while port watch was aboard the Picton Castle loosing and drying sails. Our original plan for our day off was to rent kayaks for the day and paddle around the island, making a stop at […]