A former fishing trawler used in World War II turned tall ship will sail into Lake Erie for Tall Ships Erie 2019.

The PICTON CASTLE was built in 1928 as a motorized fishing trawler of Wales. It was name after the 13th century Pembrokeshire castle located in Wales

The ship became a minesweeper and convoy ship for Royal Navy in WWII. The PICTON CASTLE survived a mine explosion underneath it that lifted the 300-ton ship out of the ocean with little damage.

After the war, the PICTON CASTLE went back to fishing and carrying cargo around the North Sea under different owners in Norway. It was purchased by Captain Moreland in the early 1990s and brought to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The PICTON CASTLE was converted into a tall ship when it arrived in Lunenburg.

The 179-foot long ship is currently a deep-ocean sail training vessel that provides long distance education. The ship transports educational supplies to islands in the South Pacific. Crew members sail to exotic islands on world voyages while learning to sail this square-rig ship.


The PICTON CASTLE will be docked at the Erie Maritime Museum after the Parade of Sail on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Tall Ships Erie 2019 runs Aug. 22-25. It will feature 14 tall ships, deck tours, day sails, live music and entertainment, children's activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, a beer garden and more.