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The tall ship Picton Castle, registered in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific,is owned and operated by the Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company, Ltd. Her home port is Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her purpose is deep-ocean sail training and long-distance education.
She is a completely refitted barque,179 feet overall, with riveted steel hull, clear oiled-pine decks, steel masts, and wooden and steel yards. In addition to 12,450 square feet of canvas sail, she has a 690 hp diesel engine for occasions when sailing is not feasible. Her on-deck galley has an 1893 cook stove ,the same as was used on commercial sailing ships 100 years ago.

Taken in July 2007 during the Tall Ships Festival at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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tall ship, picton castle, halifax nova scotia, training vessel, bargue, lunenburg, sailing ship, george cousins

Comments

  • Al Williscroft
    Al Williscroftalmost 4 years ago

    Awesome capture George!!

  • Many thanks Al.. I have always loved ships of all kinds, and I try to get to the gatherings whenever I can. I’ve been on board this one several times when I go home to Nova Scotia.

    – George Cousins

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    A gorgeous sailing ship George!! It must be something to see in person!! That festival would have been a marvel to experience!! Well done my friend!! ‘Them were the days!!’

  • Hi Blair, glad you liked it. The Halifax festivals are about 4 years apart, but depends upon when they have the cross-Atlantic tall ship races. We had one last year in Victoria, and I think they have them in Seattle now and then, though I’ve never been to one. Great to see 30 or more in one place at the same time!

    – George Cousins

  • shadyuk
    shadyukalmost 4 years ago

    Great Shot !

  • Hi Dorothy, and first of all, Happy Birthday! A few days late but have another happy one, we can all use a couple of them! I’ll be 80 in a few months and remember those WW2 days when I lived on the Atlantic coast and watched the convoys setting sail. We had air raid alarms and blackouts too! Your journal brought back a lot of memories, thanks for sharing it!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    What a beauty, George! Magnificent under sail – I haven’t seen that too often.

  • Glad you liked it Mike. She was pretty well hove to under just a few sails, wish I could have got her under full sail. It’s hard to do, since they usually drop most of the sails before entering harbour.

    – George Cousins

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Super picture, George! I was brought up in Pembrokeshire, Wales, very close to the original Picton Castle

  • Thanks David, glad you liked it. Thanks for the link, I just read it, must confess I didn’t know anything about it before now!

    – George Cousins

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 4 years ago

    A superb shot George and a fave x

  • Good morning Irene, and thanks so much for your kind comment, and the fave! Much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedalmost 4 years ago

    stunning shot !! love ships xx

  • Hi Red, thanks for stopping by and glad you liked it..great to meet another who loves these old beauties!

    – George Cousins

  • Rose Gallik
    Rose Gallikalmost 4 years ago

    WOW! This is so cool! Gorgeous!

  • Hi Rose, many thanks for your kindness. Have a wonderful Christmas in Kenora, beautiful part of our country!

    – George Cousins

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanalmost 4 years ago

    Majestic queen of the sea and so well captured George. Tony

  • Thanks Tony, you’re very kind. I think you love ships like I do :)

    – George Cousins

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 3 years ago


    Beautiful work! January 18, 2011

  • Very many thanks Gina, I’m honoured to be featured!

    – George Cousins

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