Barque Picton Castle

The greatest sailing adventure stories surround the compelling beauty of the Clipper ships!

Barque Picton Full Sail
Each Clipper Ship has it's own unique character, and tales of adventure. Dangerous challenges as well as fun events are experienced from the decks of the tall ships, as their bows break through the mighty waves at sea!

Their sails captivate the heart as they gracefully yet forcibly, capture the wind to obey their every command. Every tall ship holds it's own mysteries, but few are privileged to these sailing adventures upon the high seas.

The Barque Picton Castle in Nova Scotia may sound like a stone fortress, but indeed she is a wonderful tall sailing ship as you can see!

Barque Picton Sailing 8 Knots
Key Points About the Barque Picton Castle Ship
  • Built in 1928
  • Owned and operated by Windward Isles Sailing Ship Company, Ltd.
  • The ship's mission is deep-ocean sail training, and long-distance education.
  • She carries supplies and educational materials to islands in the South Pacific.
  • The length of he Barque Picton is 179 feet overall.
  • She carries 12,450 square feet of sail.

There is much more to learn about this wonderful ship, including her role during World War II in the Royal Navy.
Barque Picton Anchored

It's time to get your sea worthy legs in position as you take a tall sails adventure to read more about the Barque Picton Castle and her crew.

Barque Picton Castle Ship - 
Crewman Eric
Behind the helm of every good ship is a sea-worthy courageous crew.

One such crew member - Eric is at the helm in the photo. But, let not us forget about the Captain!

Captain Daniel Moreland is one of the most respected sailing ship masters at sea today, and he has sailed the world.

An update to this article (now, more than 10 years after I first wrote about the Barque Picton!)...
"Captain Moreland holds the rarest license issued to Merchant Marine Officers today: Master of Steam, Motor, or Auxiliary Sail, Vessels of Any Gross Tons upon Oceans."
Very impressive credentials! A Master Captain indeed!

You may find it interesting to learn about their Captain's recommended reading list, as it is a must have. We have provided his reading list for you (as it was back in the day!) I imagine his reading list is far more vast by now.

Before we depart to sail back to reality, we must first provide a word of thanks!

Thank you Barque Picton Castle for granting us permission to present your ship's information and photos to our readers!

Special thanks also to David their Voyage Coordinator, for assisting me in obtaining that permission.

As promised above...

Captain Daniel's Recommended Reading List:
  • The Way of a Ship - Captain Alan Villiers
  • Two Years Before the Mast - Richard Henry Dana
  • Billy Budd - Herman Melville
  • The Last Grain Race - Eric Newbey
  • Men, Ships, and the Sea - Captain Alan Villiers
  • Captains Courageous - Rudyard Kipling
  • Youth - Joseph Conrad