RDV2017 Rendezvous 2017 Summer 2017

Captain’s Log – Sailmaking

By Purser Allison Steele Today as we make our way to Norris Point, Newfoundland, Captain Sikkema led a workshop on sail making.  PICTON CASTLE is one of the few ships left that still sews her own sails on board and often by hand, as opposed to sending them out to be made in a sail […]

Bosun School Lunenburg

Captain’s Log – Introduction to Sailmaking

Captain Moreland started the sailmaking section of the Bosun School by explaining the shape of a headsail and how to do a first layout of one of these sails.  Bosun School students will start their hands-on practice by making a ditty bag (more on that later), then will learn how to repair sails, and will […]

Transatlantic Voyage 2015

Day’s Run – 21 October, 2015

Noon Position: Docked in Lunenburg, NS, Canada Weather: Partly cloudy, cool, H 9c L 4c, barometer 1014 Daily Log: Today’s first lesson arrived at our morning muster, directly after breakfast. The Captain spoke about the importance of continually checking the lines when it’s raining and putting slack in them whenever necessary. When wet, the manila […]

Westward Bound

Sailmaking in Cape Town

By Lead Seaman and Sailmaker Aspirant Amy Barlow Monday January 26th, 2015 When the Picton Castle was alongside Jetty 2 in the V&A Basin of Cape Town, just next to the ship was a fine, small and empty shed about 70 feet by 40 feet. It was clean, dry and with a smooth floor. This […]