Specifications

  • Homeport: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Rig: Barque
  • 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

Story

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.

Facts

  • USCG Certification: Sail Training Vessel for worldwide service
  • Who Sails: Other: 18 and older for major voyages, 16 and up for shorter coastal voyages
  • Program Type: Maritime History, Marine Science, Other: Deep water sail training, arts of seafaring under sail
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Summer: international
  • Normal Cruising Waters – Winter: international
  • Sailing Season: Year-round
  • Year Launched: 1928
  • Number of Crew: 12
  • Name of Contact: Barque PICTON CASTLE
  • Website: https://www.picton-castle.com/