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Rounding the Cape of Good Hope

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 31, 2011

While one former intern is making regular trips back and forth to Antarctica on Europa (Click here to read all about Matt Maples’ adventures), another former intern has made her way nearly around the world as a deckhand aboard the Picton Castle. Meredith was one of my very first interns for my very first summer travelling with the tall ships in 2006 through the Great Lakes.  It was a summer of learning as I struggled to meet as many people as possible, learn how to tell the difference between the historic vessels, and learn a whole new language (Yardarms? Spars? Baggywrinkles?!).

Meredith was quite the old salt, despite being 18 years old, with some considerable time aboard Fair Jeanne which she spoke about fondly. She soon found herself happily ensconsed among the Niagara crew and the hook was set. Imagine my delight upon finding out that she was to be part of the crew for the fifth world voyage aboard the Picton Castle, 14 months spent sailing around the world.  Needless to say, we here at ASTA HQ,  have lived vicariously through Meredith and the rest of the Picton Castle crew. And you can too by going onto the Picton Castle website and reading the Captain’s Log from the voyage. It’s enough to make you run away to sea.

Also, here is a great video created by Ollie Campbell – Enjoy!


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