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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 8 October, 2015

It’s difficult to take pictures of heavy weather at sea. Braced against the rail with the wind singing in the rigging and the decks lurching under you as she dances along, skipping over 10 foot swell with the white water churning under the bow and sloshing across the main deck and salt spray in your […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 3 November, 2015

The watches are working on steering, lookout and lines – especially taking in the mainsail and spanker quickly, they are finding out how much harder it is to find the right line in the dark with the decks rolling under you. All hands are doing well. Chief Mate took us through an introduction to the […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 1 November, 2015

A grey day today. The wind gradually picked up through the day, so we shortened down sail to topsails and foresail to be nice and snug for the night, with lines rigged tight across the quarterdeck and main deck to give people more to hold on to. Good job Sunday galley team of Colin, Alec […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 31 October, 2015

Happy Halloween! We’re underway! Much thanks to the crowd of Lunenburgers and well wishers who came down to the wharf to wish us fair winds yesterday. The first day at sea of this voyage and all is well aboard PICTON CASTLE. Seas are small and winds quite light though it’s cold. New hands are finding […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 27 October 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Cold, clear sky, H 9c L1c, barometer 1036 A new aspect of ship work was added into training today. Two of the three watches went through a couple of rounds dropping, then hauling up the port anchor. This involves learning how to use the windless, the fish […]

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Day's Run Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 26 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Clear sky, H 11c L -1c, barometer 1024 During the muster following this afternoons prepare to abandon ship drill, the Captain stressed the importance of donning the immersion suits quickly, and helping shipmates to do the same. Once this is done any other assigned tasks can be […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 18 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Sunny, cool, H 10c L 4c, barometer 1020 Today the crew enjoyed what may be their last day off while docked in Lunenburg Harbour. With departure moving ever closer, there was the obligatory mad dash to get laundry done. A big thanks to the folks at The […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 9 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Cool, clear skies, H 20c L 12c, barometer 1015 On land something as common place as having hot water is almost taken for granted. On the ship it is a virtual cause for celebration. A few days ago the Engineer had our brand new water heater come […]

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Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 2 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Overcast, rain, H 12c L 10c, barometer 1024 Three more arrivals today means there are only three people yet to arrive and the entire crew will be on board. Lessons on all aspects of ship life continue. The Mates and Lead Seamen try to keep these sessions […]

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Day's Run Westward Bound

Day’s Run – May 22, 2015

DATE: May 22nd, 2015 REMARKS: Land ho! The pretty wooded islands of Nova Scotia emerged out of the fog late this morning, shortly followed by the sweet smell of wood smoke. As I write we’re abeam of Mosher Island lighthouse. It’s about 10 degrees C, but feels colder with the damp, drizzly air and wind […]