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High and Dry

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 16, 2012

How do you haul out a 284 ton, 179′ steel hulled barque? Uh, very carefully… along with scuba divers, some good ol’fashioned elbow grease, and giant chains.  On Wednesday, Picton Castle went into drydock at the Lunenburg Foundry for a week of maintenance and repairs in preparation for their 2012-2013 Atlantic Voyage  kicking off next month.

First things first, the port anchor had be hauled up, not an easy task since it had been set last June and there was a small crew to do the work with no subs at the windlass. Here is the description of the rest of the process from Voyage Coordinator Maggie (thanks, Maggie!):

After a short trip down the waterfront, the Captain got the ship lined up in the cradle, lines were adjusted until the ship was dead centre, then the cradle was hauled out of the water by giant chains. After a check by the scuba divers to make sure everything was properly aligned, the blocks under the bilge were put in place and the cradle continued to be hauled up until it was on solid ground, and the ship completely out of the water.

We expect to have the ship out of the water for about a week for routine inspection and maintenance.

Here is a video taken by Maggie showing Picton Castle going into drydock


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