Partners and Links

Our Partners

Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea
World-renowned Mystic Seaport - The Museum of America and the Sea signs on the fourth world voyage of the Picton Castle to relive the voyages of the 1841 Whaling Bark Charles W. Morgan, preserved at Mystic Seaport Museum.
World Wise
A non-profit educational foundation that provides much-needed books and school supplies to many of the islands we visit. We feel fortunate to be affiliated with them. On their kid-oriented web site, you'll find more reports from the Picton Castle, written by WorldWise educator and sail trainee Erin Standing.

Links to Our Friends and Resources

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
The Town of Lunenburg, in Nova Scotia, Canada, was formally established in 1753 as the first British Colonial settlement in Nova Scotia outside of Halifax. These early settlers were from various parts of Germany, Switzerland, and the Montbeliard region of France. They followed in the footsteps of earlier Mikmaq and Acadian inhabitants in the area. A vibrant and stable economy was built on farming, fishing, ship building and ocean-based commerce, particularly in the West Indies trade. The town has a history of more than 200 years in fishing, ship-building and marine related industries.
The SchoonerMan
A site for lovers of all tall ships! Email:
American Sail Training Association (ASTA)
ASTA is a non-profit, national organization dedicated to bringing a wealth of opportunities at sea, under sail, to people of all ages and backgrounds, and to coordinating the activities of the whole community of sail-training vessels. Email:
Nova Scotia Sea School
"Think of it as an adventure sailing camp, a youth leadership training program, a wilderness survival course and a self-discovery expedition all rolled into one. If you're between the ages of 14 and 18, the Nova Scotia Sea School can take you to sea this summer in traditional wooden boats powered by sail and oar on adventure voyages of 5, 7 or 14-days." Email:
The Dory Shop
The Dory Shop, established in 1917, and located in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, is a manufacturer of wooden dories, such as the innovative Lunenburg Harbour Sharpie. Email:
Lunenburg Schooners
For the first time in decades, there are schooners 'abuilding on the famed waterfront at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Dawson Moreland & Associates are building not just one, but two 48' wooden schooners in the best of maritime traditions. These 'twins' will be built simulateneously, frame for frame, plank for plank, alongside the historic Lunenburg Dory Shop.
Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering (LIFE)
Since 1891, LIFE has been providing a wide range of products and services to both domestic and foreign markets. This heritage of traditional craftsmanship combined with precision engineering results in quality product lines and versatile capabilities. Professional engineers, trained technicians, and a friendly courteous staff are always available to assist you with any requirements or special projects you may have.
The Lunenburg Chiselworks
Since 1996 Chiselworks has provided quality maritime carving,and nautical artifacts to all who cross their threshold.Craftmanship in the "Lunenburg" Tradition is their slogan and friendly service is always on tap.The crowning achievement to date is a stern badge and trail boards for the Herreshoff Bounty Catriona as described in Wooden Boat No. 181. Chiselworks can be found on the web at
Snyder's Shipyard Limited
Since 1944, we have built 215 boats in the range of 40 ft. to 110 ft. What our customers say speaks for our quality construction. Captain Merle Smiley of the 65 foot longliner Renee & Trevor, upon entering Halifax Harbour one night in the winter of 1992 met with television crews and newspaper reporters. Apparently the Renee & Trevor was the last ship to enter the harbour in the renowned "Storm of the Century." When asked by reporters if he was afraid, Captain Smiley replied, "Everybody was scared but we were in a boat built by Snyder's Shipyard." It was Snyder's Shipyard that reconstructed the main decks, all the yards, the upper topmast and jib boom of the Picton Castle. Email:
Traditional Boats & Tall Ships
An exciting magazine for all who love sailing and the sea. Features beautiful photography, profiles of sailing ships, interviews with marine artists, close-ups of people who work under sail and much more. Email:
The Schooner Anne Rogde
She was launched August 20th, 1868, at Bangsund Skipsverft in Namsos. She has a long and rich history. Anne Rogde has sailed as a freighter along the coastline of Norway, the Baltic sea and along the coastlines of other countries as far south as Portugal an as far east as Archangel. She is a living proof of Norway's old shipbuilding traditions, and is probably the oldest sailing schooner in the world. She was the last of the Norwegian sailing ships to leave active duty when she was laid up in 1972. The Anne Rogde has been owned by the Rogde family - from the island Kjotta in Harstad - for three generations. Email:
Schooner Bluenose II
bluenose2logo100x100 (3K)Bluenose II is a replica of the original Bluenose, which was built in 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Under Captain Angus Walters, she became famous as winner of the International Fishermen's Series of schooner races from that date to 1938. The Bluenose was featured on a Canadian postage stamp in 1929 and on the Canadian dime in 1937, where it can still be seen. The original Bluenose was lost in 1946 on a reef near Haiti.
Bluenose II is operated and maintained by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society, which also operates the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. For information about her sailing schedule, go to or e-mail Also contact the Bluenose II c/o Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, P.O. Box 1363, Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0. Call toll-free 1-866-579-4909 or (902) 634-4794 Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM. Email:
Pleasure Sailing School
Based in Vilnius and Klaipeda, Lithuania, Pleasure Sailing School provides training in cruising sailing and safety at sea, through theory and hands-on practice.  Arturas Dovydenas can assist those in the Baltic region with applying to become a trainee aboard Picton Castle.  
Sloop Clearwater
In 1966, a handful of river-lovers decided to change the course of events that was destroying the Hudson, and reclaim a natural treasure for us all. They wanted to dramatize the river's plight, recall its history, and help guide its future. They wanted to provide their fellow citizens with a first-hand look at the neglect and pollution of the river, and move them to action. So they built a boat. Email:
HM Bark Endeavour
In 1769, At. James Cook set sail on a voyage of discovery on the HM Bark Endeavour. That voyage took him around the world in three years, in which he discovered and charted a large part of the southern lands. Today the ship has been recreated to exacting standards. Email:
Schooner Ernestina
On February 5, 1894, the Gloucester Daily Times recorded an addition to the Massachusetts fishing fleet: "The new schooner for J.F. Wonson and Co. has been named Effie M. Morrissey." This marked the commonplace birth of a schooner that became famous not only as Grand Banks fisher, but also as an arctic expeditionary vessel and as a World War II survey vessel. After a galley fire in 1946 the Morrissey was raised and renamed Ernestina in order to serve in the transatlantic Cape Verdean packet trade. In 1982 she was given by the Republic of Cape Verde to the people of the United States as a symbol of the close ties between the two lands.
Schooner Fulton
An all-Danish Web site. Email:
Barkentine Gazela
Gazela, a three-masted barkentine, is one of the very few 19th Century wooden square-rigged ships still sailing! Anyone who wants to sail a tall ship is welcome to join the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and the crew of Gazela. Email:
The East Indiaman Gotheborg III
Based on the marine archaeological excavation of the sunken East Indiaman Gotheborg, which foundered in 1745, fully laden, close to Gothenburg harbour on her first homecoming. A full-scale, all-wooden replica of a Swedish 18th century East Indiaman is currently being built. The aim is to once again set sail to China and back following the old trade route around the Cape of Good Hope. Text in Swedish, English and Chinese.
Kalmar Nyckel
The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation'a goal is to give you a look into Delaware's past and a glimpse into its future. Visit here to learn more about the role that the Kalmar Nyckel played in settling the Wilmington area. We also present information about the rebuilding of this magnificent sailing vessel, its sea trials, and commissioning. Email:
Georg Stage
The full-rigged training ship "Georg Stage" is owned and run by The Georg Stage Memorial Foundation ("Georg Stages Minde") - established in 1882 by Mr. Carl Frederik Stage, a Danish shipowner, and his wife Thea. They donated a fully equipped training ship, and later bequeathed a sum of money to support the running of the ship, which was named after their only son, Georg Stage, who died at the age of 22 years.

The aim of the foundation is "… to give young people wishing to go to sea, their first lesson in practical seamanship aboard a purpose-built training ship", in other words an entry-level course in seamanship for professional seamen.

To replace the first training ship the present "Georg Stage" was built in 1934/35 and went into service in April, 1935. Today the ship carries 63 cadets.
Formerly a schoolship for the training of young cadets, she is now owned and operated by a non profit foundation, controlled and partly funded by the Norwegian Department of Culture. The Sørlandet is the oldest of the three Norwegian Tall Ships. In recent years, towards the Sørlandet's 70th Anniversary in 1997 she worked closely in co-operation with the Royal Norwegian Navy, Norwegian Shipowners Association and the local public Employment Office, doing six-week courses in sailing and general seamanship in order to strengthen the recruitment of seafarers. Winter sailing in Caribbean waters and cruises in home waters in the summer seem to be a new challenge for Sørlandet.
Danmark is a steel-hulled, three-masted and full-rigged ship. It was built as a training ship in 1933 at Nakskov Shipyard in Denmark. Since then it has provided basic training of young people seeking careers at sea. On board the Danmark are 80 trainees - both young men and women. They are all 17–23 years of age and their stay on board is part of a basic training program to qualify for a career in the merchant navy.

When signing on the Danmark, the trainee meets the challenge of living, studying and working in a maritime environment which is intense. They all sleep in hammocks, and during the whole cruise, which can last up to 20 weeks, their private life is limited to the hammock, a small cabinet an a small locker. The trainees perform nearly all the practical tasks, watch duties etc. on board under the supervision of the crew.
Schooner Marilyn Anne
The purpose of the ship is to offer students older than 15 years an alternative to the ordinary primary school. The students participate in the operation of the ship. They learn to do any odd jobs, and thereby understand the necessity of everyone doing their best in order to make the ship (i.e., their community) function adequately. Email:
US Brig Niagara
Erie, Pennsylvania, takes great pride as the home of the U.S. Brig Niagara. Reconstruction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship in the battle of Lake Erie was completed in the summer of 1990, and since then Niagara has embarked on an ambitious program of sailing and historic interpretation. Email:
Pride of Baltimore II: Maryland's Pride
Maryland's Pride is a reproduction of an 1812-era Clipper privateer. She is Maryland's working symbol of the great natural resources and spectacular beauty of the Chesapeake Bay region.
Brigantine Soren Larsen
The chance to experience seaborne travel from a bygone age is extremely rare. Soren Larsen gives people of all ages the opportunity to sail some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world aboard this magnificent square rigger. No previous experience is necessary to become part of the ship's crew for a voyage of a few days, weeks or even months. You will have the opportunity to participate in sailing this authentic "Cape Horner." Alongside the professional crew you may stand watches, take the helm, handle lines, raise sail and let the routines of a sailing ship take you to a slower and more relaxed era. Email:
A Guide to Maritime History on the Internet
A collection of internet links to maritime history.
Bytown Brigantine
Bytown Brigantine Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated to building character through the adventure of tall ship sail training.
Maritime History Archive
MHA collects and preserves original documents and copies of documents relating to the history of sea-based activities in the North Atlantic region. Contact: Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada A1C 5S7, Telephone: 709-737-8428/9, Fax: 709-737-3123.
The Maritime History Virtual Archives
"A wide-ranging collection of links" can hardly describe more than a small fraction of a site which in total comprises thousands of pages.
Brigantine Romance
Captain and Mrs. Arthur Kimberly brought the world of square-rigged adventure to life for many lucky passengers and crew aboard the Brigantine RRomance. The Romance started her life as the Baltic Trader Grethe in 1936, was rerigged by Commander Alan Villiers in 1965 for Mitchener's movie Hawaii and was then purchased by the Kimberlys. Thus began a nearly 30-year odyssey of adventure including two world cruises, repeated trips to the South Pacific and years of Caribbean exploring. Email:
Smith's Master Index of Maritime Museum Websites
Smith, of San Diego, is a longtime supporter of marine and maritime philanthropies and the author of two popular cruising guides to harbors, anchorages, and marinas in California. He has written the most complete guide to all (almost 600) the maritime museums in North America. This site also lists museums that are found in other countries. Email:
Distance Chart
This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities round the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance (as the crow flies). It also provides a map showing the two places.
Oceanweather, Inc.
Curious about the weather the Picton Castle may be facing? Look in on this site. It has a variety of current maps/charts depicting wave heights as well as wind speeds and directions for most of the world's oceans.
Wanderbird Cruises Sea Adventures
Explore the scenic coasts of Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador with your hosts, Captains Rick and Karen. Share their life on the sea on the renovated 90-foot Dutch fishing vessel, the Wanderbird. Rick and Karen offer eco-tourism cruises that reflect their reverence for the natural world and its creatures. You are invited to participate in informal education and interactive wildlife research projects. Join them in photographing and logging the position of whales and seabirds, and listening to and even recording whale songs!
Weather in Port makes it easy to stay abreast of the weather almost anywhere in the world. Wunderground has had a weather-reporting icon for practically every port that the Picton Castle has visited during its circumnavigations of the globe.
Wooden Boat Magazine
Visit our website for a wealth of information on boats and boating — everything you need to know about the art and joy of sailing wooden boats.
World Wise Ed will make it possible for educators and business people to give hope to the world of children.
John's Nautical & Boatbuilding Page
Numerous articles, links, photos, and other info, including The Mother Of All Maritime Links section. Very extensive compendium of information for boat lovers, boat builders, and sailors of all types.
Sailing Issues
Personal website providing unique information on marine navigation and sailing holidays in Greece. Their navigation course is recommended by ISAF and US Sailing. You will learn how to navigate safely with methods that have been in use since the Middle Ages, and are still applied by the professionals. Some readers have already thrown their GPS overboard.
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