LUNENBURG - No other square rigger currently in operation has done it more than once, but on Saturday May 23, Picton Castle will complete her sixth world circumnavigation voyage.
The ship set sail from her home base in Lunenburg in November 2012, just after Hurricane Sandy, which delayed her departure.
Since then, she has sailed over 40,000 nautical miles, visited 22 countries, and more than 100 trainees have sailed aboard.
When Picton Castle sails in to Lunenburg Harbour at 2:00pm on Saturday, trainees and professional crew will work together to bring the ship alongside the wharf at Adams & Knickle, under the command of Captain Daniel Moreland.
Captain Moreland has been in command of Picton Castle for all six circumnavigations.
"This crew is a good and accomplished gang" says Moreland.
Picton Castle can carry a total of 52 people aboard at a time, including 12 professional crew who are qualified, certified mariners, and up to 40 trainees, many of whom have little to no sailing experience when they sign on.
They gain experience and skills as they sail. Some of the crew who will sail into Lunenburg on Saturday joined the ship as recently as the end of March in the Caribbean, some others signed in Fiji last July.
This is not a typical cruise. With the guidance of the professional crew, trainees steer the ship, haul on lines to set sails, scrub the decks, climb up in the rigging, do maintenance and repair projects, help the cook in the galley, and whatever else it takes to keep the ship sailing. In the process, they learn seamanship skills.
After a short one-week visit in Lunenburg, Picton Castle will set sail again on a new voyage, this time bound for the United States and a series of tall ships festivals on the Atlantic coast organized by Tall Ships America. Trainees can sign on for trips as short as two weeks this summer.
For more information, please contact Voyage Coordinator Maggie Ostler by telephone at 902 634 9984 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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