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Laying Off Balboa

Once through the Panama Canal we moored the Picton Castle off the Balboa Yacht Club just as dark descended (as it does so swiftly in the tropics, almost like switching out a light) and torrential rains drenched us. Few went ashore that night, but some did after a short discussion on wisdom and personal safety. […]

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Anchorage Area F, Port of Colon, Panama – May 29, 2018

After sailing the 18 miles from enchanting and ancient Portobelo the Picton Castle came to anchor yesterday after swinging ship and adjusting compass at the entrance to the Panama Canal area. Then we did the work (below) resulting in being prepared for Canal transit. The gang did an excellent job in the heat. Early this […]

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May 23, 2018 in Portobelo, Panama

The day came in surprisingly clear. Mists hung over the jungles either side of the Picton Castle, weaving in among the trees like living things. The lapping of tiny waves along the waterline is about the only sound breaking the tropical early morning silence. A man in his dugout canoe came by selling bunches of […]

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Day’s Run – May 21, 2018 and Arriving in Panama

On Monday May 21, with much excitement among the crew, we arrived in Portobelo, Panama around 1000, set the starboard anchor and went in to clear in around 11am. In every port Picton Castle visits, the ship needs to “clear in”, meaning that we check in with customs and immigration officials to make our official […]

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Day’s Run – May 20, 2018

Our third Sunday at sea! Work is laid to rest allowing for hand blisters and muscles to heal for a day. Engine on, full steam ahead we made headway towards Porterbelo, Panama. The ship’s cook, Donald, of Grenada, has Sundays off. To fill in for him, two trainees spend their day from 0530 – 1800 […]

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Day’s Run – May 19, 2018

Picton Castle is making her way into the Gulf of Panama and we are feeling the hot muggy tropical heat for which this area is well known. It will be cooler once we get well into the South Pacific, meantime, at least we’re not shoveling snow….. Ship’s Work: This morning’s wind was light and variable, […]

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Day’s Run – May 14, 2018

The day comes in fair and clear with light easterly winds. Blue skies and sea all around and above. Small flying fish dashing out of our way. Saw some big guns jumping early this morning. Ship’s work: After yesterday’s Sunday day of rest and recovery the ship’s work is back underway. The bosun is busy […]

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Day’s Run – May 13, 2018

We were in a squall system much of last night and this morning. Now the wind is settling down to southeast and the sun is out with a blue sky growing over us as we motor to the east looking for trade winds. Ship’s work: Sundays At Sea, no ships work on Sundays beyond critical […]

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Day’s Run – May 10, 2018

Passed Cuba last night at dusk, then south into the Caribbean Sea. Small seas, light winds, lots of stars as the North Star keeps sinking towards the horizon. Ship’s Work: The ship’s day time work begins at sunrise or 6:00 AM, whichever comes second. Every morning, the 4-8 on watch starts the new day off […]

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Day’s Run – May 8, 2018

Ship’s work: A sun filled blue sky morning, we couldn’t ask for more pleasant sailing weather. The well deck is sprinkled with remnants of saw dust and wood shavings, as the bosun and assistants are busy upgrading the forward head. At the aft end of the ship the sail maker is pleasantly hand seaming together […]