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The Picton Castle’s Voyage Around Newfoundland

How would you like to circumnavigate Newfoundland on a 180-foot square rigger?  The Barque PICTON CASTLE is headed there hot on the heels of her current circumnavigation of the globe.

The 180-foot Picton Castle. (Click on photo for a larger view)

The ship’s company has just announced a summer voyage that will set sail from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, bound ’round the island of Newfoundland in a counter-clockwise circle that will include calls at Fortune, St. Pierre et Miquelon (France), St. John’s, Brigus, St. Anthony, Red Bay (Labrador), Gros Morne National Park and Port Aux Basques.

Leg 1: Lunenburg, Nova Scotia: Starts July 2, 2011 and ends July 16, 2011. Sailing to: Fortune, Newfoundland; St. Pierre, France; St. John’s, Newfoundland

Leg 2: St. John ‘s, Newfoundland: Starts July 16, 2011 and ends July 30, 2011. Sailing to: Brigus, Newfoundland; Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland; St. Anthony, Newfoundland

Leg 3: St. Anthony, Newfoundland: Starts July 30, 2011 and ends August 13, 2011. Sailing to: Red Bay, Labrador; Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; and Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland

Leg 4: Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland: Starts August 13, 2011 and ends August 27, 2011. Sailing to: South coast ports, Newfoundland; and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Note: All dates and ports subject to change without notice.

Newfoundland has so much to offer, from scenery to wildlife, arts and culture to maritime heritage. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of a voyage around Newfoundland is meeting the friendly and warm people, known for their hospitality, charm and wit.

Under the command of Capt. Daniel Moreland, the Barque PICTON CASTLE is a sail training ship where everyone aboard is a working crew member. With the guidance of 14 professional mariners, 38 sail trainees literally learn the ropes as they set and take in sails, steer the ship, perform look out duties and assist with all aspects of sailing the ship (climbing aloft is optional).

The voyage map of the Picton Castle (Click on image for a larger view.)

Winner of the American Sail Training Association’s Sail Training Program of the Year award in 2006, Picton Castle has turned more than 1,000 people into seafarers in her 14-year history as a sail training ship. No previous sailing experience is required to join the ship, just a desire to be part of the crew.

The cost for two weeks is $2,400, four weeks is $4,500 and the full eight week voyage is $8,900. Fees include room, board, passage and instruction.

For more information about the PICTON CASTLE and her voyages, please visit or contact Voyage Coordinator Maggie Ostler by phone at 902 634 9984 or by email at