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Atlantic Ocean Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

The Making of La Grande Traversée

Back in the summer of 2016, Picton Castle sailed on a transatlantic voyage where we filmed a television series on the way from La Rochelle, France to Quebec City, Canada.  The show was called La Grande Traversée and followed the lives of 10 “colonists” who lived life on board as it would have been for […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 La Grande Traversee

Captain’s Log – Quebec City

Picton Castle made a grand entrance at Quebec City on Thursday July 28th. As you may remember, we have been working on a project that involves a historical re-enactment, and this is the final port for that project. Families of those aboard were standing on the shore at the harbour entrance, watching Picton Castle pass […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 28 June, 2016

Another lovely trade wind sailing day. The wind shifted east this morning and we squared away and hauled up the Studding sails. The ships work keeps on and many coats of paint are being applied with the good weather. Foot ropes and crane lines are being sent down from the rig for maintenance and temporary […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 27 June, 2016

As we approach the southwestern corner of the North Atlantic high, the wind has become gradually lighter. With as much sail set as we can carry, the ship is still doing well in the very moderate conditions. We are expecting this part of the crossing to be slower and are happy with the wind keeping […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

The wind has remained from the north and a few squalls overnight provided for some sail handling in the watches.  This morning dawned fair with a Force 4 Northerly and we made all sail except the Fore Topmast and Lower Studding Sails. With the fair weather continues much work aloft greasing wires, fixing mousings and […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run La Grande Traversee

Day’s Run – 19 June, 2016

A beautiful Sunday at sea … that is until the Flying Jib developed a large tear. We quickly got the sail down before more damage could be done and got it unbent and back to deck. The poor old sail has given many miles to the ship and we have a new one on the […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 12 June, 2016

The wind again left us last night prompting us to yet again fire up the trusty B&W. We will continue to steam through the day and the forecast is finally looking favourable for finding the NW trade winds sometime tonight or tomorrow. And find them we must as PICTON CASTLE will have to make well […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016 Day's Run

Day’s Run – 27 May, 2016

Wind and sea have become calm as we cross the Bay of Biscay.  With only 100 miles to go a little afternoon we are anticipating anchoring tomorrow morning. With the sun shining most of the day we have swung into full port prep: a ship coming in from sea is always supposed, at least on […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 26 May, 2016

Our steaming continues as we start to cross the Bay of Biscay in the last few days of our passage. The weather has turned quite pleasant, sunny, warming up, and the seas have laid down. This has given us a chance to dry out the whole ship after so much wet weather on this trip. […]

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Back-To-Back Transatlantics Voyage 2016

Day’s Run – 25 May, 2016

We continued to sail through the night. It was a very pleasant night with a full moon and light winds, the ship sailing along easily under full sail. Nights like this also give us time to practice our sail handling with the light sails that have been so little used on this passage thus far. As […]