The "Picton Castle" by George Cousins

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PICTON CASTLE ,at the Tall Ships Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada July 16, 2007

The Canadian 284-ton Barque Picton Castle is a traditionally rigged and operated sail training ship ,voyaging around the world under square sail. In 2005, on her fourth global circumnavigation, she sailed more than 30,000 sea miles across the South Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and South and North Atlantic Oceans, visiting remote islands and tropical ports including Panama, Galapagos, Pitcairn Island, Rarotonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Bali, Madagascar, Cape Town, St. Helena, and the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. All on board work, stand watch, and learn the way of a square-rigged sailing ship, also learning wire and rope rigging, sail making, boat handling, navigation, and practical seamanship. She also delivers educational material and other supplies to the remote islands. Outfitted to the highest standard with safety gear and equipment, she is a strong, seaworthy home afloat for young adventurers learning the art of deep-water seafaring.

Flag: Cook Islands
Rig: Barque – 3-masted
Class: A
Homeport: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Normal Cruising Waters: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific, Worldwide
Sparred Length: 176’
Draft: 14’ 6"
Sail Area: 12,450 square feet
Hull: Steel

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Featured in “Going Coastal -4 Art Per Day”
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Featured in Naval Architecture


  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Brilliant work George – I just love it. Have you seen my “James Craig” in my collection, its a magnificent ship.

  • Glad you liked it Bev. Yes, I did see the “James Craig”, a lovely ship. I hadn’t heard of her before, so it was nice to discover a new one for me.

    – George Cousins

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    George we’re off to Sydney in a couple of weeks to do a lunch time cruise on the Svenen which is a great old sailing ship with a lot of history – I hope to post some shot after that trip.

  • That’s great Bev, I know you’ll enjoy it. Have a really good time and looking forward to seeing some of your shots.

    – George Cousins

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazorabout 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • Thanks so much Estes! You know how to make an old guy happy..LOL
    I’m really glad you liked it. She’s a beautiful ship, I’ve got lots of photos of her.

    – George Cousins

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 6 years ago

    Oooh, this picture just jumped and and grabbed me. A gorgeous image and an instant favorite for me. Congratulations on the feature in Going Coastal!

  • Thanks so much Marjorie, just got home and turned on the PC and discovered the Feature. Wonderful way to make my evening sing!

    – George Cousins

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous…fabulous…fabulous. I absolutely love this!! I’m hoping to go on a tall ship cruise this year that runs out of the Queen’s Quay in Toronto! Instant fave!!!

  • Thanks Deb, for your comments and the fav! By all means go on the cruise, you’ll love the experience. What ship are you going on? I may have seen her myself.

    – George Cousins

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 6 years ago

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 6 years ago

    It is called the Tall Ship Kajama and it is a 165 foot 3 mastered schooner!! I can’t hardly wait!!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info Deb. She’s a new one on me, must look her up and get her story. Have a great time!

  • deb cole
    deb colealmost 6 years ago

    Thank you, George! Look up Toronto Tall Ships and you’ll find her! Just booked the cruise last night for July 1st!!!! A night cruise that involves fireworks..whoo hoo!!

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnabout 5 years ago

    we would be very proud to carry this fine vessel
    Gray and Irene

  • Ahoy Graham..she’s sailing your way right now! Come aboard!!

    – George Cousins

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