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Picton Castle and Other Ships Soon to Start Racing!!

Posted by alexsailor on July 5, 2006


It is now one week before the race and we are quite busy here in the ASTA office tying loose ends while getting everything in place for the big port event. There’s an abundant array of different tall ships coming to the event on July 12th in Cleveland Ohio with a lovely Parade of Sail to take place as well. One of the ships we have been keeping close contact with is the Picton Castle which has sent us some lovely photos of their voyage towards the first port. The square-rigged 300 ton Picton Castle has made a couple world voyages hailing from Lunenberg, Nova Scotia in Canada.  It’s an amazing ship that has sailed over 28,000 deep-sea miles and conducts workshops on sail making, rigging, boat handling, navigation, and practical seamanship…On its last world voyage, the Picton Castle delivered 30 tons of donated used textbooks and supplies from the National Geographic Society in remote islands in the South Pacific, Bali, and South Africa. It’s a ship with a strong sense of teamwork and sail training to those who are willing to go on an adventure!

Here is a blurb from Captain Dan Moreland of the Picton Castle about their most recent excursion,

“Capt log- North around Gaspe in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

After steaming and the sailing through Northumberland Straights which
separate the province of Prince Edward Island from the mainland of
Canada in the form of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in rainy blustery
weather the Picton Castle finds herself sailing north for the Gaspe
Peninsula. Gaspe is a stunning gorgeous and remote part of Quebec. Maybe
we can put in on the way home to Lunenburg. Right now we are steaming
close to Bonadventure Island all covered with sea birds and we have seen
some whales close up to the ship.

All is well onboard. Our veteran world voyage crew insist upon running
around bare-footed in spite of the fact that we are half-way to the
north pole and that they have sweaters, long underwear, knit caps (yes,
toques) and oil-skins on and then they remark that it is cold…go
figure. Along the coast here the sun has burned away the fog and we have
light cool breezes. Dark blue seas and clear blues skies, you know, sky
blue. We are motoring in order to make up some time we stayed at anchor
letting some minor gales blow on by. A few fishing boats are puttering
around nearby trailed by circling gulls. All very pretty.

We went under the huge Confederation Bridge that now links Prince Edward
Island to Canada yesterday. Some piece of architecture it is!!! A ship
150 feet high can pass underneath the center span. Kinda narrow, a
wonder it doesn’t blow over but they probably figured on all that, most
likely. We got the best view of this extremely long bridge from the
water, the only vehicles that we saw poking out above the cement sides
were large trucks and buses. Too bad for all those folks in regular
cars, they miss out on quite a sight.

And before the bridge we went through Canso locks; our first of about a
thousand locks we need to go through to climb up into the Great Lakes.
Our passage through the Canso locks was fast and smooth, all hands
responded quickly with dock lines and fenders. Hopefully a sign of good
lock passages to come… ”
 **If you can get yourself to one of the four ports ASTA will be visiting during our Great Lakes Challenge, it will be a wonderful opportunity to talk to the crew, captains, and trainees aboard this ship and many others. There will be guided ship tours, food, a parade of sail, and something new to see!

-Alexandra Hagerty 2006 ASTA Intern


One Response to “Picton Castle and Other Ships Soon to Start Racing!!”

  1. Willie Waw said

    Alexandra — in your July 5th post, you said the Cleveland event starts on Aug. 11 — the Parade of Sail is July 12th. It’s easy to confuse the public….

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