Halifax, Nova Scotia – April 23, 2015 – Many people fantasize about escaping their daily lives and travelling to far away destinations. The Moreland family isn’t just living that dream, they’re doing it with dozens of men and women from across Canada and around the world. Now available on Discovery.ca, Tall Ship Odyssey is a new five-episode Canadian web series following Captain Daniel Moreland, his wife Tammy, their two-and-a half year old son Dawson, and a 35-member crew during an epic 30-month voyage around the world. Their floating home is the tall ship Picton Castle, which has travelled nearly 50,000 nautical miles and visited two dozen countries since setting sail from Lunenburg, N.S. in November 2012. And this journey marks Captain Moreland’s seventh circumnavigation aboard a tall ship, making him the only man alive to have achieved such a feat.
Now visitors are invited to choose their own adventure! By watching all five webisodes and completing a brief survey¸ respondents will be able to watch an exclusive webisode featuring 2015 Canadian Screen Award recipient Andrew Younghusband (Don’t Drive Here / Canada’s Worst Driver) crewing aboard the Picton Castle for the Tall Ship Chronicles TV series more than a decade ago. Providing feedback through the survey could help determine future series, following the Moreland family and their crew on their next sailing adventure starting in the fall of 2015.
“Living and working aboard a tall ship is a life changing experience that few people ever have the opportunity to try,” says Edward Peill, Producer, Tell Tale Productions. “The Moreland family is leading a truly unique life that we hope resonates with viewers so that we have the opportunity to share their next amazing voyage in a TV series.”
Sailing around the world isn’t the tropical vacation that one might imagine. Daily life aboard this 179 foot square rigged training ship requires not only physical strength and mental stamina, but also the ability to put the needs of the ship and shipmates first. Working high up in the rigging while the ship pitches and rolls is something some crew members never get used to. For others, having no privacy, limited personal space, and no connection with the outside world for weeks at a time is more than they can handle.
Tall Ship Odyssey was developed with funding support from the Bell Fund and the Canada Media Fund and produced by Tell Tale Productions Inc. in association with Discovery Canada. The award-winning production team for the Tall Ship Odyssey webisodes are creator & producer Edward Peill, writer & director P.J. Naworynski, cinematographer Wade Cornell, and editor Warren Jefferies.