Bosun School Program Outline

Advanced Bosun School - Rigging and Small Boats Session

August 12 to September 23, 2015 - Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Picton Castle Bosun School, conducted by Captain Daniel Moreland and guest instructors, is a rare opportunity for the advancing professional mariner to develop and hone key seamanship skill sets without the distractions of the sea and watches.

Handling spars, rigging and small boat mastery are critical seafarer skills.

The Summer 2015 session will include:


Learn to send down, send up and bend on square sails

Send topmasts up and down

Send down and cross yards of a square rigged ship

Rigging tackles and overhauling blocks

All manner of ropework, rope splicing and seizing

Wire splicing, worming, parcelling and serving

Learn caulking in heavy plank and light plank


Wooden boatbuilding and rebuilding at the Lunenburg Dory Shop

Overhauling and making spars

Set small vessel moorings properly

Hauling and launching boats

Maintenance and coatings for wood and steel

Miscellaneous boatyard and shipyard skills


Rowing and sailing wooden small boats

Skiffs, long boats, dories, sloops etc

Small boat handling under power

Rig up, launch and sail a Tahiti Ketch

Sailing in local Lunenburg Schooners

Join in on the famous ‘Hump Cup’ afternoon sailing regattas in many boats around Lunenburg Harbour on Wednesday evenings

The 2015 session runs from Wed 12th August to Wed Sept 23rd

Cost $3,000 USD (inclusive of HST) includes all food, instruction and accommodation (reduced fee available for those who have sailed on Picton Castle)

Applicants must have some prior experience in sailing ships, motor vessels or related fields, and be serious about building a career at sea. Sailing with the Picton Castle for the Summer 2015 Tall Ships voyage will qualify you to apply to Bosun School.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter that tells us  more about you, your experience and your motivation for wanting to be a student at the Bosun School to  For more information, please email or call +1 902 634 9984.

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