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Flag Cook Islands
Rig Barque
Homeport Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Sparred Length 179'
LOA 148'
LOD 135'
LWL 130'
Draft 14' 6
Beam 24'
Rig Height 97'
Freeboard 6'
Sail Area 12,450 square feet
Tons 284 GRT
Power 690 HP diesel
Hull steel
The 284-ton Barque Picton Castle is a traditionally rigged and operated sail training ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, but best known for her voyages around the world. Over the past 15 years, the ship has made five voyages around the world, one around the Atlantic Ocean,two trips to the Great Lakes and countless other jaunts up and down the coasts of the U.S. and Canada. Along the way we’ve introduced more than 1000 people to the rewards of square-rigged sailing. In 2006, Tall Ships America (then ASTA) named us Sail Training Program of the Year. In 2011, our skipper, Capt. Daniel Moreland, was named Sail Trainer of the Year by Sail Training International. In October 2012, the Picton Castle will cast off on an all-new adventure, an 8-month exploration of the Pacific Ocean. Ports of call will include Grenada and Portobelo, Panama on the Atlantic Ocean, then after a transit of the famous Panama Canal it will be on to the Galapagos, Pitcairn Island, Mangareva, Tahiti, Bora Bora, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga - to name just some of our stops! As a training ship all on board work, stand watch, and learn the ways of a square-rigged sailing ship. Workshops are conducted in wire and rope rigging, sail making, boat handling, navigation, and practical seamanship. The ship also delivers much-needed educational materials and other supplies to the remote islands she visits. She is outfitted to the highest standard with safety gear and equipment.
Who Sails Individual Enrollment,
Other: 18 and older for major voyages, 16 and up for shorter coastal voyages
Program Type For Paying Trainees: Overnight Passages
Education In cooperation with accredited institutions,
In cooperation with other organized groups,
Marine Science,
Maritime History,
Other: Deep water sail training, arts of seafaring under sail
Affiliated Schools  
Affiliated Groups  
Cruising Waters: Summer international
Cruising Waters: Winter international
Season Year-round
Designer Daniel Moreland, MM and Daniel Clacley, NA/ME
Built 1928
Coast Guard Certification Other: Sail Training Vessel for worldwide service
Crew 12
Trainees & Passengers 0 day passages, 40 overnight
Contact Person Barque PICTON CASTLE
Organization Barque PICTON CASTLE
Address PO Box 1076
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0 CA
Telephone 1 (902) 634-9984
Fax 1 (902) 634-9985
e-mail info@picton-castle.com
Website www.picton-castle.com
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