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Sail Training Vessel for worldwide service


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.  Anyone can become a trainee crew member, no experience required, just a desire to become part of the crew that sails the ship. With the guidance of our professional crew, you’ll literally learn the ropes. Join us as a trainee crew member on our seventh world circumnavigation voyage. The voyage is underway now and applications are still being accepted for later legs.


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
Hull: steel


Who Sails? 18 and older for major voyages, 16 and up for shorter coastal voyages
Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science, Deep water sail training, arts of seafaring under sail
Normal cruising waters: international (summer), international (winter)
Season: Year-round
Built: 1928
Crew: 12
Contact: Barque PICTON CASTLE

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