The Crew

The Crew of World Voyage 7

Captain Daniel Moreland

Captain Daniel Moreland
Post: Master
Hometown: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: Ancient

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Looking for this ship

Why I joined Picton Castle: I wanted to see a proper deepwater square rigged sailing ship make world voyages for the richness this world I’m a part of. It became necessary to create this ship.

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Seeing all the crew grow in the experience and learn something of themselves bigger than the western world — especially Dawson. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Life in this ship/voyage is life in full colour; in 5-D. This is “real life” 

Words to live by: The ship comes first

- Sometimes the best person for the job is a Picton Castle Girl…

 

 

 

 

Deyan Blochliger

Deyan Blochliger
Post: Chief Engineer
Hometown: Basel, Switzerland (Not Sweden!)
Age: 31

What I was doing before I joined the ship: I quit my job as a poly mechanic in Switzerland and just started travelling in South America, when I received a call from Lunenburg.    

Why I joined Picton Castle: Because it will change me and I have the chance to sharpen my work skills in this adventurous environment, while travelling to some of the most remote places on earth. Doesn’t get much better than this, now does it! 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Eating a Swiss Fondue on the top of Pitcairn Island with my friends. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The deceleration from the hectic of everyday life and the funny moments you encounter when packing 50ish people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds on a ship. And I mean “laughing to tears” funny.

Words to live by: Life’s too short to carry an ugly knife, and too ugly to carry a short one

 

Erin Greig

Erin Greig
Post: Chief Mate
Hometown: Bermuda
Age: 28

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Studying in the UK for my license then sailing around North Norway this winter on a converted fishing trawler/passenger ship 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To continue my passion of preserving the art of square rig sailing and deep water sail training  

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Advancing my knowledge while in tropical blue oceans 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: A fresh breeze abaft the beam under full sail and a starry night

 

Dirk Lorenzen

Dirk Lorenzen
Post: Mate
Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Age: 51

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Professional Mariner

Why I joined Picton Castle:  No other ship like her, no other ship doing what she does. Picton Castle is important in her craft + philosophy.

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage:  Long passages, age-of-sail, Honing my craft + understanding the ship even better.

I think the best thing about life aboard is:  Life aboard. Full stop.

Words to live by:  Be excellent to each other

 

 

Anne-Laure Barberis

Anne-Laure Barberis
Post: Mate/Lead Seaman
Hometown: Picton Castle
Age: 27

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Don’t remember - that was years ago 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To be with Fiji (ships cat) 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Cuddling Fiji the cat 

I think the best thing about life aboard is:  Spending time with Fiji

 

Corey Hamilton

Corey Hamilton
Post: Mate/Lead Seaman
Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Age: 26

What I was doing before I joined the ship:  Enjoying a couple months of down time with family before beginning the voyage 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To learn the steamship techniques of the age of sail while undertaking the voyage of a lifetime. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Crossing the South Pacific and practicing celestial navigation 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Getting into the flow of the watch routine on long passages and Sundays at sea. The sunsets are pretty good too. 

Words to live by: If it’s worth doing once it’s worth doing a thousand times

 

Donald Church

Donald Church
Post: Chief Cook
Hometown: St. Georges, Grenada
Age: 53

Position: Chief Cook

Hometown: Grenada 

 

Anders Bischoff

Anders Bischoff
Post: Lead Seaman
Hometown: Aarhus, Denmark
Age: 26

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Circus Monkey 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To teach & share what I know and to learn what I don’t know 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Small boat sailing in warm & exotic places. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Being with great + inspiring shipmates, away from politics + stressful society 

Words to live by: remember to smile + enjoy life all the way

 

Abigail Stern

Abigail Stern
Post: Lead Seaman
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Age: 30

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Putting off an existential crisis. (Working in the mountains at my family's Inn after working at South Street Seaport Museum) 

Why I joined Picton Castle: It’s the best ship out there for improving seamanship and seeing the world. I had to come back. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Those long trade wind passages 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Being away from land. Not being able to see shore, hear news, see lights at night. The trust + friendship is nice too. 

Words to live by: Things can always get weirder

 

John Gareri

John Gareri
Post: Sailmaker
Hometown: Westboro, Massachusetts, USA
Age: over 21

What I was doing before I joined the ship: taking time off between voyages 

Why I joined Picton Castle: There is no other ship that sails around the world like Picton Castle 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Seeing friends in remote locations and meeting new people 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Blue water and sunny skies 

Words to live by: I’ve sailed the seven seas in my dirty dungarees, but I never, ever, ever saw a mermaid

 

 

Tammy Moreland

Tammy Moreland
Post: Purser
Hometown: Da’Burg
Age: 49

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Planning my garden 

Why I joined Picton Castle: Hmmm….. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Lychee Martinis in Bali — and unplugging from the world. Rekindling old friendships in faraway places. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Cool breezes through my porthole, Donald fried chicken 

Words to live by: You don’t ask, you don’t get.

 

Liz Boulanger

Liz Boulanger
Post: Assistant Engineer
Hometown: Saint John, NB, Canada
Age: 34

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Working as a mechanic 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I wanted to learn to sail and work on traditionally rigged ships 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Sailing in the tradewinds, learning all that I hope to learn and lots more 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Definitely the people. It wouldn’t be as fun or as amazing an experience without great crew mates

 

Annie Featherstone

Annie Featherstone
Post: Purser's Assistant
Hometown: Bracebridge, Muskoka ON Canada
Age: 27

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Working in film + television in Toronto 

Why I joined Picton Castle: It has been on my bucket list since I was a child. To learn and gain further seamanship knowledge. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Crossing the equator, twice! The vast nautical knowledge I will gain in a year’s time. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The sunsets over the horizon, while the cool evening breeze flows through your hair. With not a care in the world, as the world is a thousand miles away. Being disconnected from everyday life and focusing on what is in front of you.  

Words to live by: If you don’t paddle your own canoe you don’t move - Thanks Mum for teaching me how to paddle.

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade, as it consists principally of dealing with men” Joseph Conrad, Chance

 

Dawson Moreland

Dawson Moreland
Post: Master's Son
Hometown: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: 5 and a half

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Going to the “Big School”, playing with my friends at daycare and playing in the water at Bay Port. 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I joined at three months old - my Mommy + Daddy wanted me 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Made Alon

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Lots of water to play with and Donald and Vai are here 

Words to live by: “After soon” —“It was an accident” —“I’m sorry”

 

Kirsten Hayward

Kirsten Hayward
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Hinton, AB, Canada
Age: 28

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Medical Laboratory Technologist 

Why I joined Picton Castle: The Picton Castle appealed to me because it offers travel with a purpose. The ship provides an opportunity to visit interesting places around the world, to meet new people and to learn new skills. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: I am most looking forward to visiting the Galapagos Islands. I am also eager to learn celestial navigation. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The people. It is a fantastic, supportive group of people on the Picton Castle.

 

Tyler Lancaster

Tyler Lancaster
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Steel Town (Hamilton Ontario, Canada)
Age: 32

What I was doing before I joined the ship: I sailed Picton last year, before completing Captain Moreland’s Bosun School 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To sail around Big Blue, of course. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Sailing small boats to remote inhabited islands. Oh, and the Galapagos 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Watch below + laughs on the Dog Watch 

Words to live by: Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’

 

Steph Hall

Steph Hall
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Victoria, BC, Canada
Age: 45

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Running a public library system 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I joined the Picton Castle on my 45th birthday, 25 years after celebrating my 20th birthday on Pitcairn Island. Having sailed there abroad the topsail schooner Pacific Swift. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: This voyage will be a mixture of new and familiar places and will take us on a total circumnavigation - very cool! 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The people, and the carpet of stars at night

Words to live by: The universe will unfold as it must

 

Braham Walter

Braham Walter
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Age: 20

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Studying philosophy in Austin Texas 

Why I joined Picton Castle: Check out the world, see how it’s doin’ 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Diving head first into cylinders 1-4 on the diesel engine for maintenance 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Three hot meals a day and an extra helping of sunshine 

Words to live by: Mark the bosun's word

 

Aaron (A-ron) Samet

Aaron (A-ron) Samet
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Age: 34

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Blowin’ stuff up (very carefully, and for all the right reasons).

 Why I joined Picton Castle: Lack of a better idea.

 What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Exploring strange new worlds; seeking out new life and new civilizations.

 I think the best thing about life aboard is: The pervasive peace of mind.

Words to live by: Never fire a laser at a mirror

 

Carlos Chagas

Carlos Chagas
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario Canada
Age: 52

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Enjoying my first year of retirement 

Why I joined Picton Castle: After visiting more than 50 countries, this offered a unique way of travel, much different that I had previously experienced. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Lazy days crossing the pacific and destinations unreachable by any other means of transport 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The friendships you make with the other shipmates 

Words to live by: Live life with no regrets.

 

Jack

Jack
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Union Springs, NY, USA
Age: 25

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Helping kids become humans. 

Why I joined Picton Castle: Almost every reason. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Who I am going to be in the end. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: All the opportunities for adventures. 

Words to live by: Any bad mood or foul day can be replaced with: “Holy, crap, I’m sailing around the world!”

 

Sue Harvey

Sue Harvey
Post: Trainee
Hometown: London, UK

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Veterinarian 

Why I joined Picton Castle: Circumnavigation 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: New horizons 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Participation 

Words to live by: No words just action

 

Dustin Dempsey

Dustin Dempsey
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Halifax, NS, Canada
Age: 20

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Finishing my course in Marine Navigation 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To expand and enhance my skill set 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Sailing… 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Being disconnected from everyday life. 

Words to live by: - Keep it classy

- If women don’t find you handsome they better find you handy

 

John Seemueller

John Seemueller
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Saranac Lake, NY
Age: 15

What I was doing before I joined the ship: 10th grade in high school, skateboarding and skiing 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To try something different and see new places. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Seeing Pitcairn Island and The Galapagos 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: People’s stories 

Words to live by: Life should be full of lots of woohoo’s and wow’s

 

Ted Goranson

Ted Goranson
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Hartsville, SC
Age: 64

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Being “Big Daddy” to my grandchildren, Ilagray Hocatt + George Hocatt 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To circumnavigate the world! 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Being mostly disconnected from electronics 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The good people you meet 

Words to live by: Muffins are cake before lunch

 

Colin

Colin
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Lunenburg, NS
Age: 67

What I was doing before I joined the ship: I am a retired manufacturing integrator in the aerospace industry, last worked on Bombardier’s ‘C’ series aircraft  

Why I joined Picton Castle: Because it was there at my doorstep and it intrigued me 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Meeting different peoples/cultures 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The camaraderie 

Words to live by: You can only die once, live life love and enjoy while you can

 

James Rogers

James Rogers
Post: Trainee
Hometown: North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA
Age: 18

What I was doing before I joined the ship: High school 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I wanted to see the world from a perspective few get the opportunity to experience. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Boldly going where no man has gone before. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The raw sense of family. We all depend on each other, and the ship sinks or sails by how we work together. 

Words to live by: everything you need to succeed is inside you.

 

Fiji

Fiji
Post: Ship's Cat
Hometown: Fiji
Age: 33 cat years (4 human years)

Why I joined the PICTON CASTLE:
Ships need cats and cats need ships.

What I was doing before I joined the ship:
Being a kitten at the animal shelter in Suva, Fiji.

What I like best so far about life aboard:
So much string to play with! Still getting the hang of sharing my ship with another cat....

Word to live by:
“See those fish? All of them? Yeah; they’re mine. Hands off."

 

 

Arne Stefferud

Arne Stefferud
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota
Age: 65

Position: Trainee 

Hometown: 

Age: 65 

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Enjoying retirement from a 40-year career in parks administration + planning 

Why I joined Picton Castle: To see the world in a wonderful way. I have been following the ship on-line for 10 years. This is my ultimate bucket list adventure. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Experiencing many cultures by living with the locals and learning from them. 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: You learn something or many things every day. 

Words to live by: Our ship and its crew are crossing many latitudes and almost all the longitudes on this voyage with positive attitudes and hearts full of gratitude.

 

Brittni “Steel Dollhouse” Moore

Brittni “Steel Dollhouse” Moore
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina, USA
Age: 27

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Working in the film and television industry in New York as a camera assistant 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I joined in May 2017 for three weeks as a summer adventure and wound up wound up staying ever since because I discovered that I love the work and lifestyle of this more than anything I’d done before. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: The long ocean sailing passages 

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Climbing and working aloft in the rig 

Words to live by: Watch below!

 

Marc-Andre Robert

Marc-Andre Robert
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Grandy, Quebec, Canada
Age: 32

What I was doing before I joined the ship: I was working as a computer network administrator in an energy smart meter company. I was also traveling the world as much as possible. 2 weeks every 8 months. 

Why I joined Picton Castle: I wanted to travel more and for a longer period of time. Joining Picton Castle for a voyage around the world seemed like the ultimate adventure. 

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Visiting countries I never thought I would visit before finding info about this voyage. I want to visit them and is also a huge draw. Achieving my world travelling goals using this method of transportation is absolutely amazing!  

I think the best thing about life aboard is: While underway, being disconnected from the world. Not being bothered by small things that are “huge” back home. Getting to know a group of people I probably would have never met. Learning a lot about sailing and also a lot about myself.

Words to live by: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to look behind walls, to know each other and to feel. That is the purpose of LIFE.

 

Tigress (aka Twilight Sparkle)

Tigress (aka Twilight Sparkle)
Post: Ship's Cat #2
Hometown: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: 7 cat years (about 6 human months)

Why I joined the PICTON CASTLE:
Because my humans were all going and I couldn't stay home all alone.

What I was doing before I joined the ship:
Living in Lunenburg, climbing on furniture and enjoying life in a cool house right in the centre of town.

What I like best so far about life aboard:
The incredible selection of places to nap and the abundance of fresh fish. Still a bit cautious of that Fiji  (older cats can get so jealous when a younger & cuter model comes along.... meeee-ow!)

 

Mr. Wonderful (aka Niko)

Mr. Wonderful (aka Niko)
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Picton Castle
Age: ageless

yup.

 

Kimba Gifford

Kimba Gifford
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Age: 22

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Sailing on the Great Lakes

Why I joined Picton Castle: To get away from the humdrum

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage:  long ocean passages

I think the best thing about life aboard is:  the sailing

Words to live by:  fake it till you make it

 

Rhyanne Foster

Rhyanne Foster
Post: Trainee
Hometown: Charleston, SC, USA
Age: 18

What I was doing before I joined the ship: High School

Why I joined Picton Castle:  Work towards possibly getting my captain's license as well as helping choose my college path

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage:  Making lasting connections + seeing new places

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Meeting people even those leaving before we set sail

Words to live by:  Suck the marrow out of it (take everything you can from an experience)

 

Valérian Derenne

Valérian Derenne
Post: Trainee (Leg 3)
Hometown: Brussels
Age: 33

What i was doing before i joined the ship : taking Jedi martial arts classes in Madrid and helping kids get an education they can’t afford

Why I joined Picton Castle : With global warming and the sea levels rising, i think it’s a safe bet to know how to sail.

What i am looking forward to most on the voyage : Learning how to swim, being disconnected and the night sky

I think the best thing about life aboard is : Avoiding shifts with people like Andy and Brahm

Words to live by : "Picton Castle in harbor is safe - but that is not what Picton Castle is built for”

 

Andy McDonald

Andy McDonald
Post: Trainee (Legs 3)
Hometown: Camrose, Alberta, Canada
Age: 54

Doing before: health facility planning

Why joined: it is a completely unique experience for a boy from the prairies

Best thing about life on board: meeting other trainees from around the world

Words to live by: Try anything once

 

Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson
Post: Trainee (Leg 3)
Hometown: Grove Heights, MN, USA
Age: 55

What I was doing before I joined the ship: IT Development Manager

Why I joined Picton Castle: To experience tall ship sailing across the Indian Ocean the way my Dutch and English ancestors did.

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Sailing into Cape Town harbour after crossing the Indian Ocean

I think the best thing about life aboard is: The people! Such interesting and genuine characters

Words to live by: Today is the tomorrow that you crafted yesterday

 

Jen White

Jen White
Post: Medical Officer (Leg 3)
Hometown: Hantsport, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age: 45

What I was doing before I joined the ship: Osteopathy + Midwifery

Why I joined Picton Castle: Sailing + Shipmates!

What I am looking forward to most on the voyage: Rust busting…no just kidding. I’m looking forward to the wind in the sails + the water slipping by

I think the best thing about life aboard is: Camaraderie

Words to live by: You only live once. But if you do it well, that’s enough

 
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