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Day's Run

Ship Yard in Fiji

Both prudent ship management and logical marine regulation call for ships to be drydocked from time to time and have their hulls inspected and looked after. This is only natural as most vessels are in a somewhat corrosive environment of salt water. Freshwater is different and much kinder to steel, not so much to wood, […]

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Bosun School Lunenburg

Picton Castle Goes Into Drydock

With the high tide on the morning of Monday October 3, 2016, Picton Castle was hauled out of the water on the marine railway at the Lunenburg Foundry.  We take the ship out of the water every two years so we can clean, inspect and repaint the hull.  The last time Picton Castle drydocked was […]

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Miscellaneous South Seas Voyage 2013-2014

Fiji Days

May 20th, 2014 Captain John Beebe-Center and his salty crew sailed the Picton Castle into Suva Harbour from Tonga a couple weeks ago, set her big starboard anchor, furled and then sent down all her sail. Then after some celebrations most crew from our amazing voyages throughout the South Pacific then packed their sea-bags to […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

The Great Wicomico River

17 June, 2012 By Kate “Bob” Addison & Captain Daniel Moreland Picton Castle is anchored in Ingram Bay at the mouth of the Wicomico River at 37°48.9N 076°17.7’W. It’s a muddy bottom twenty feet under the bow, so we have our big (1,500 lbs) port anchor down and she’s holding nicely. Very good holding here […]

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Summer Voyage 2012

Workshops, Ship’s Work… and Sails!

By Kate Addison We’ve been busy busy aboard the Picton Castle as we sail from Bermuda towards Savannah, Georgia. Current position is 29o35’N 69o34’W and course is West by South. At Savannah we will join the rest of the fleet of the Tall Ships Challenge 2012, organised by Tall Ships America, so we will be […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2012-2013 Lunenburg

Spring In Full Gear

By Chief Mate Michael Moreland A true Nova Scotia Spring is in full effect here in Lunenburg with all the seasonal weather swings and general flurry of activity that accompanies the lead up to another Picton Castle voyage. The waterfront seems to get a little livelier each week as more crew and friends of the […]

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Atlantic Voyage 2012-2013

Going Into Drydock

Getting into dry dock is an interesting process that started yesterday morning with heaving up the port anchor and four shots of chain. That anchor was set last June, so you can imagine the amount of muck we lifted as the anchor was raised. With just a small crew on hand and no substitutes on […]

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World Voyage 5

Dealing With The Dull Doldrums

April 5, 2011 3 15.745′ N 43 20.639′ W The Picton Castle and her crew have been slogging through the doldrums for close to a week now. The doldrums generally spread a few degrees on either side of the equator and can be characterized as an area of low pressure with high humidity, clouds, rain […]

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World Voyage 5

Swim Call in the South Atlantic Ocean

The Picton Castle had been motoring for several days through the South Atlantic Ocean- an ocean over which the most deliciously constant trade winds in the world normally blow… An ocean which was calmer than a bathtub unoccupied – a lake frozen by a harsh winter (cepting it’s plenty hot…), a puddle undisturbed by children’s […]