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South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Starboard Watch Adventures In Nuku Hiva

By Peter Crawford, trainee from New Zealand February 22nd, 2014 Saturday 22nd of February started in pleasant fashion with a midnight disco serenade from a club on shore. The Polynesian/western fusion accompanied a half moon rising over the eastern edge of the crater we are anchored in. Rain had cleared the hatch of those trying […]

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The Community At Sea

By Captain John Beebe-Center February 18th, 2014 Being at sea aboard the Picton Castle on this leg of our journey has turned into a nice exercise of training, work and fairly comfortable living all while occupying this smallish steel world apparently all alone and in the middle of nowhere. The training is courtesy of some […]

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Morning Haul

By Chelsea McBroom February 18th, 2014 I had been dreaming I was seeing my friends back at home again when I was woken at 3:30am this morning onboard the Picton Castle on its way to Nuku Hiva. I’m living in the foc’sle now (no longer in the once called “Chel-salon” because at one point I […]

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Arriving at Mangareva

By Chelsea McBroom February 9th, 2014 The Picton Castle anchored just outside of Mangareva, waiting until the following morning before we went through the pass and around the coral, which was easier to see with morning light. The Captain announced a swim call and after everyone prepared themselves they peered over the edge of the […]

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Pitcairn Island Part 3

By Chelsea McBroom February 5th, 2014 The Picton Castle crew’s hour of fishing aboard the Pitcairn longboat was successful. Steve was kind enough to pick me up from the Landing after we had brought in the boat to hose it down and watch the locals filet the fish. We went and picked up Emily (aka […]

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Pitcairn Island Part 2

By Chelsea McBroom February 5th, 2014 The crowd at the fitness test / obstacle course at the top of the island finished off the watermelon and left soon after to avoid the light rain. Steve whisked me away on the ATV and we rode down the steep hills back to the house to get ready […]

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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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New Voyage Starts At Rarotonga

By Kate “Bob” Addison Bound for Tonga, Norfolk Island and join the Tall Ships at Sydney! As this new voyage kicks off, the new trainees and professional crew are settling in, making friends and starting their shipboard orientation. The focus is on getting to know the ship and all her routines and equipment, basic sail […]

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South Pacific Trading Barque

By Kate “Bob” Addison July 12th, 2013 Barque Picton Castle is just twenty miles off Atiu, a raised atoll in the southern Cook islands, the first island call of this cargo and passenger run to the outer Cook Islands. We departed from Avatiu harbour, Rarotonga yesterday morning to start this second inter-island voyage; this time […]

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Sunday at Sea, Canada Day and First Cargo Run

By Kate “Bob” Addison 1st July 2013 It’s Monday the 1st July, so Picton Castle would like to wish a very happy Canada Day to all our friends back home in Lunenburg and across Canada! We plan to celebrate this evening with a nice BBQ mahi mahi, ice cream for all hands and maybe even […]