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Picton Castle Bosun School

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 7, 2016

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This fall, at the Bosun School session scheduled, we will be using Picton Castle to teach and practise a large range of critical rigging techniques, sailmaking and wooden boat building. Also we will be taking advantage of our large wooden boat collection of dories, longboats, skiffs, sloops, cutters and small schooners to teach and get lots of practice in small boat handling here in Lunenburg Harbour. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Scholarship Available to Sail on Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on August 14, 2015

PROFESSIONAL MARINE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

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Dark blue-green waves exploded into white on [the] cliffs. I looked up at our rigging and the two square sails set on each mast. They’d turned a deep red, the colour of the sun setting behind us.” – Rigel Crockett, on Picton Castle‘s departure from Lunenburg in November 1997

PICTON CASTLE has just announced that they are offering ‘Professional Marine Training Scholarships‘ for their upcoming Transatlantic Voyage. The six-month long voyage begins October 1st and will include ports such as the Azores (Portugal), Essaouira (Morocco), Carriacou (Grenada), and Picton Castle‘s North American Homeport of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Canada). Full and partial scholarships are available and the requirements are as follows:

– Between ages 18-35
– Any nationality
– Must have demonstrated interest in pursuing or continuing a career in the marine industry
– Prior experience at sea is an asset but is not an absolute requirement
– Financial need – this scholarship is designed for those who could not otherwise afford the voyage
– Must also be accepted through Picton Castle’s trainee application process

These scholarships were made possible through the Nova Scotia Seamanship Education Society, a registered charity that supports marine training opportunities.

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An evening in Brazil

Posted by Tall Ships America on June 12, 2015

Welcome to Norfolk!

Welcome to Norfolk!

On Wednesday, Eliza and I were in Norfolk, VA for a reception on board Cisne Branco  for Brazilian Navy Commemorative Day. This was the first time I had seen Cisne Branco since 2007, when she participated in the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE(r) Atlantic Coast race series that year. She was then, and remains now, a beautiful ship. Upon arrival in Norfolk, we went down to the waterfront to scope out the venue for that evening and saw some cadets hard at work, touching up the paint on the hull and the anchor- Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on January 2, 2015

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PICTON CASTLE and her crew arrived in Cape Town, South Africa today after a 2, 247 nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic. Follow their adventures as they learn about the evolution of ship design, celebrate Christmas at sea, and round the Cape of Good Hope just in time for New Year’s 2015! 

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Kelley watching the sunset (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

December 14, 2014 – 21°34.3’’S x 054°11.7’’E
“After a lovely week in ‘France’, we’re now underway from La Reunion, bound two thousand miles around the Cape of Good Hope for Cape Town.  Hot weather today so we rigged the power shower after lunch. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on December 4, 2014

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Join PICTON CASTLE as her crew sails west across the Indian Ocean towards the Cape of Good Hope

Stunsails set. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 13, 2014 – 18°44.1’’S x 077°08.6’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“Today’s afternoon workshop was on studdingsails or stunsl’s – the large sails set to windward of the foreyards on special booms in light airs; the history, the ships that carried them and how we rig up for and set stunsles in the PICTON CASTLE. If the wind stays consistently light, we might be able to rig them in the next day or two. Plenty breeze now though. To explain why that makes us so happy, here’s an archive shot of PICTON CASTLE taken in the Indian Ocean a few years ago with all stuns’ls set.  Pretty, no?”

November 14, 2014 – 18°49.6’S x 074°49.6’E (Bali, Indonesia to Rodrigues Island, Mauritius)
“The Captain gave an update on our passage so far this afternoon. He spoke about our anticipated ports of call at Rodriguez Island, part of Mauritus and described by Joseph Conrad as the ‘sugary pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Also La Renuion Island, another 500nm on from Rodriguez and a French Territory and thus in our imaginations source of endless croissants, baguettes, red wine and good cheese. Apparently the crème brulee there is unbeatable. Both islands sound very lovely but it’s also a little sad that we’re thinking about the end of this passage already, it seems to be going very quickly.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Water Blogs: Picton Castle

Posted by Tall Ships America on November 6, 2014

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Picton Castle is sailing west across the Indian Ocean…follow her voyage on Blue Water Blogs!

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October 31, 2014 – 12°00.7’S x 106°50.9’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)

“Today’s workshop is practical sailmaking – after a lecture on sail design and construction theory we’re starting to make canvas ditty bags which engage all the skills needed to make a sail, with instruction from Captain and help from our sail makers Tammy, John and Amy, and also Elsa who has joined us from GOTHENBURG and has great hand work skills. Secret midnight baking is planned for tomorrow’s Halloween festivities….”

Laura (Denmark) has the helm. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Laura (Denmark) has the helm. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 1, 2014 – 12°31.3’S x 104°40.6’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)

“Just a half day’s work today as it’s Saturday and we’re celebrating Halloween this afternoon.  The watches have been busy making scary cupcakes, carving pumpkins and working on some pretty hilarious costumes.”

Morten (Denmark) carves a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Morten (Denmark) carves a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 2, 2014 – 13°12.5’S x 102°20.3’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“The watches have been doing ‘make and mend’ on watch as it’s a Sunday – lots of people are working on seaming up their sail cloth ditty bags ready for the second installment of the Captain’s workshop tomorrow. Others have been doing their laundry in buckets of salt water on the well deck – to conserve fresh water we use salt for all but the final rinse, the supply is unlimited and it works very well.  Others are reading or playing cards in the salon, cleaning and organising their sea chests and bunks, or just hanging out in small groups on the ‘aloha deck’ aft and fo’c’sle head forward.”

Ship's Boy Dawson (Canada) helps Captain and Tammy present the ditty bag workshop. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Ship’s Boy Dawson (Canada) helps Captain and Tammy present the ditty bag workshop. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 3, 2014 – 13°58.6’S x 099°425.6’’E(sic) (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“We put the ship’s clocks back one hour overnight, so we’re now in the same time-zone as Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City.  A week into this ocean passage, and the weather is perfect, so we’ve split some daymen off from the watches to give people a chance to learn some different skills and see different parts of the ship’s operation.  This week Aaron and Peter are working on rigging projects, Scott is in the engine room with Billy, and Elsa is making sails with Tammy and John. AB Erin is our new Bosun and keeping all the projects on deck and in the rig moving along.  Meanwhile Mark B is acting lead seaman for the 4-8 watch.  Part II of the Captain’s ditty bag workshops is scheduled for this afternoon. Making and sewing in grommets are the order of the day.”

Kelley (Canada) clews up the fore royal. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Kelley (Canada) clews up the fore royal. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 4, 2014 – 14°36.1’S x 097°42.6’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“Today’s workshop is sail handling drill – making sure the gang are quick and capable at taking in the lighter sails in case of winds building or squalls. Taking in the royals needs to be slick! It’s Erin’s birthday today and Alex has made a cake to celebrate, plus it’s everyone’s favourite, Donald Fried Chicken for supper!”

Aaron (USA) and Peter (USA) overhauling blocks. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

Aaron (USA) and Peter (USA) overhauling blocks. (Photo Courtesy of Picton Castle)

November 5, 2014 – 15°13.6’S x 095°07.9’’E (Bali, Indonesia to Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean)
“We continue with our sailcloth ditty bags in today’s workshop: we’ll be making the rope grommet that stiffens the top of the bag and stitching it onto the bag – it’s the same skill as ‘roping’, the traditional method of strengthening the edge of a sail.”

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Special Offer from Picton Castle for Tall Ships America Members

Posted by Tall Ships America on October 31, 2014

Picton Castle

Picton Castle

Join the PICTON CASTLE world-voyaging crew in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2015

 Exclusive Special Offer only for Tall Ships America Members

 

Leg 3, from Cape Town, South Africa to Cape Verde, January 3 to March 20

Price: $10,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $8,600, including the donation made in your name

Leg 4, from Cape Verde to Lunenburg, Canada, March 20 to May 16

Price: $8,800  Price for Tall Ships America members: $7,000, including the donation made in your name

Legs 3 & 4, from Cape Town, South Africa to Lunenburg, Canada, January 3 to May 16

Price: $19,600 Price for Tall Ships America members: $15,600, including the donation made in your name

In addition to the fee you pay, a further $1,000 for each leg will be donated to Tall Ships America by PICTON CASTLE on behalf of each sail trainee.

Not a member of Tall Ships America? Sign up on our website!

The Barque PICTON CASTLE has been sailing the worlds’ oceans for nearly 20 years in the wake of the great square rigged ships of the Age of Sail.  Her epic voyages have already inspired hundreds of people to come together to sail, to explore this salt water globe and to seek to learn all that a ship on the open ocean have to teach.

Our crew connect with people and places across the world.  Transcending boundaries of geography, culture and race we return to villages where we have made friends, often bringing essential supplies, donated educational materials and medical care to some of the most remote and isolated communities on Earth.   By working together we grow strong and learn to trust our shipmates and ourselves.  By harnessing the power of the wind in our hand-stitched cotton sails we learn awareness and how to spot a problem before it arises.  By watching the slowly processing stars on night watch, and the glorious ocean sunsets each evening, we learn to see the sublime in the every day.  The things you learn aboard PICTON CASTLE, and the friendships you make aboard, last a lifetime.

Aboard the ship right now, sailing westwards across the Indian Ocean, we have an exceptional gang of men and women of all ages and all backgrounds, hailing from a dozen different countries and every corner of the globe; Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, USA, Tonga, Fiji, England and more.  What brings them together is a commitment to experiencing a life at sea under sail, to the ship, her voyages; a down-to-Earth saltiness and a sense of adventure.

Now we are looking for the next generation of mariners to join our crew and write the next chapter of the PICTON CASTLE story.  No sailing experience is necessary – it’s far more important to be a good shipmate, though you must be reasonably fit.  More than anything you must want to join us on this adventure and want to see the world beyond your horizons.

Soon PICTON CASTLE will be rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the South Atlantic, there to sail up the coast of Africa and cross to the Caribbean calling at Grenada, Carriacou, Barbados and Dominica before heading north via Bermuda, to her homecoming in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada.  After three years voyaging westwards around the world, it’s set to be quite the celebration.

Join us in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2015 or in Cape Verde in March 2015.  Sail with us as we cross the Atlantic Ocean, cross the equator and cruise the magical islands of the real Caribbean. We will be visiting friends we have made over the years, sailing our small boats in the crystal clear water and practicing beach landings on the perfect white sand.  We’ll be sailing on and off the hook, tacking the ship about, climbing aloft and handling sails.  We’ll learn sailmaking, rigging, small boat handling and celestial navigation, but first we’ll learn to sail our ship across oceans.

If you’ve never been afloat before, or if you already have one foot in the sea and want to advance into traditional seamanship, then now is the time. The world’s oceans and its trade winds are waiting, come join the adventure!

 

 

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A Sense of the Sublime

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 13, 2014

Picton Castle -  a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Picton Castle – a few days from Charleston. Photo Credit Matt Maples

Every day on Slate, the Quora column answers a question. The questions range from the silly – What’s so great about espresso? To the more scientific – What would happen if a coin-sized black hole were placed at the Earth’s center? And many, many questions in between.

Yesterday, a Quora contributor asked, “What’s it like to sail around the world?” Who better to answer that question than a crewmember on Picton Castle currently sailing around the world. Here is the fascinating answer.

For more details about life on Picton Castle and sailing to remote Pacific Islands, sign up for the Captain’s Log.

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Picton Castle Apprenticeship

Posted by Tall Ships America on September 12, 2013

Looking for more sea time and experience? Picton Castle is looking for apprentices to join them in the Pacific. For the cost of room and board, you can join Leg 3 of the current voyage, sailing from Auckland, New Zealand to Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, via Pitcairn Island and Mangareva, from October 25 this year to February 1 next year. 

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And like that, they were gone

Posted by Tall Ships America on July 26, 2012

L to R – Larinda,HMS Bounty,Pride of Baltimore II

Walking the Halifax waterfront after the ships had left Monday, there was something different (besides the obvious). Dar was the first to figure it out, it was quiet. For the past five days, we had been surrounded by music – buskers with their guitars, little old ladies with their spoons, raucously loud bands playing rock and roll, Irish music in the bars, and bagpipers on every corner.  Now, with the crowds dispersing and the ships headed to the outports, it was another quiet Monday afternoon along the waterfront.

Monday morning was spent packing up our office and saying goodbye to friends. Most of the ships we will see next year in the Great Lakes and there will be many familiar faces among the crew. Others, we see throughout the year, at our various meetings and our annual conference (details to be announced soon!). But still, the end of our summer series always seems so final. Read the rest of this entry »

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