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Great Lakes 2019 Lunenburg

Homeward Bound from the Great Lakes

After a busy and exciting summer visiting ports in four of the five Great Lakes, Picton Castle is on the final leg of this voyage, bound down the St Lawrence seaway for Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  In fact, we visited nine lakes this summer (Lakes Michigan, Huron, St Clair, Erie, Ontario, St Francis, St Pierre, St […]

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Lunenburg

Three Tall Ships To Sail From Lunenburg

Bluenose II, Pride of Baltimore II, and Picton Castle will sail out of Lunenburg harbour together on Saturday June 15, starting around 10:00am. All three vessels are heading for the Great Lakes where they will participate in the Tall Ships Challenge, an event made up of a series of port festivals and races, organized by […]

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Great Lakes Position Available

Boat Carpenter Internship

In the coming summer of 2019 the Sail Training Ship, the Barque Picton Castle is offering a spot aboard for a scholarship boat carpenter internship. Picton Castle will join the fleet of sailing ships voyaging the Great Lakes of Canada and the USA on this year’s Tall Ships Challenge series. Carpenter and shipwright projects that […]

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Gulf of Mexico

Tall Ships New Orleans

For the past few weeks, Picton Castle has been taking part in a series of tall ships events called the Tall Ships Challenge, which is organized by Tall Ships America. Tall Ships America moves the Tall Ships Challenge around to different areas of the North American coast every year. This is the first time that […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 17, 2018

By Cara Lauzon We had the most amazing sail yesterday afternoon into the night, the stars were gorgeous. We starting steaming around midnight to be in time to pick up our pilot for the transit up the Mississippi River to New Orleans for the final tall ships festival in the Gulf of Mexico Tall Ships […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 16, 2018

By Cara Lauzon Pensacola was fun! The city was beautiful and the tall ships festival we just participated in there over the weekend was a little smaller so all the ships were close together and it was easy to wander and see them. The crew made the most of their time off enjoying the sunshine […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 11, 2018

By Cara Lauzon Beautiful sunset last night, becoming the first sunny day of the passage. Now that the sun is out and conditions are calming down, the Chief Mate is making sure lots of teaching is happening, helping the new hands learn lines. The wind was in our favour for a little while today so […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 10, 2018

By Cara Lauzon We had smooth yet chilly and foggy departure from Galveston yesterday, we left early just as the sun was rising. There was a magical moment when the monomoy, the double ended boat we use for rowing practice, came out of the mist making her way back to the ship to be hoisted. […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 3, 2018

By Cara Lauzon We are approaching Galveston, Texas through a maze of oil rigs and tanker ships. At night the oil rigs are lit up like giant Christmas trees, and the tankers appear out of nowhere, massive looming structures. Last night we were overtaken by the topsail schooner Lynx, she slipped up on our port […]

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Day's Run Gulf of Mexico

Day’s Run – April 2, 2018

By Cara Lauzon We had quite the Easter celebration yesterday, we had a Easter egg hunt with eggs and chocolate that we got in Bermuda! Then the Easter egg hunt became a dance party on the hatch, with everyone dressed in their Sunday finest. It was a lot of fun but the crew seems happy […]