The other ship

While the Queen Mary 2 was taking all the attention in Cape Town harbour, there was another, only ever so slightly less impressive ship docked here as well.

The Picton Castle is a is a three-masted tall ship based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, but which sails around the world and is currently on its fifth circumnavigation, crewed by up to 40 sail trainees and 12 professional crew members. Here’s who’s on board at the moment – a real mix of ages and nationalities –  and unlike the QM2, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the work, from cooking and cleaning to raising the anchor and keeping lookout.

The ship arrived on the 31st January and is due to set off for Canada in the very near future. Get down to the V&A Waterfront and catch a look at her before she leaves. As you can see, she’s moored up right outside the Cape Grace.

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