Lord Nelson, a unique tall ship operated by British charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and sailed by disabled and able bodied crew arrived in Singapore on Wednesday afternoon. The ship reached the Republic after a 22-day voyage from Kochi, India as part of a ground-breaking voyage around the world.
The 55-metre square rigger is taking part in the Norton Rose Sail the World Challenge, a 50,000-mile journey designed to promote equality and inclusion in every port of call.
One of Lord Nelson’s voyage crew members, Vincent Li, a 59-year-old professor of science and technology at Hong Kong University and former merchant seaman, was given the opportunity to helm Lord Nelson on the approach to Singapore.
“This afternoon I steered the ship into Singapore and I will remember it for the rest of my life,” he said.
Li, who lives in Hong Kong with his wife, served in the Merchant Navy for seven years and kept watch on board the tall ship with disabled crew including a fellow blind sailor. He said it was the first time that he had worked alongside disabled people and that the experience had transformed his perceptions.
“I was really surprised how people with different disabilities work as part of the team on board the ship. The experience will change how I serve disabled people when I get back home.
“The experience has changed me for the rest of my life,” Li said.
Singapore’s top Paralympic sailor, Jovin Tan, 27, will be among a number of Singaporeans joining the crew for a seven-day voyage aboard the ship departing Singapore on 28 May and returning on 3 June.
The ship is open to the public at VivoCity on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 10-12 noon and 2-4pm.
Lord Nelson will set sail for Fremantle, Australia on 10 June.
Happy to arrive in Singapore: Lord Nelson crew members Vincent Li, from Hong Kong, and Carolyn Broughton, from Cincinatti, Ohio, USA, fly the Singapore flag as the unique tall ship arrives in the Republic at the end of a 22-day voyage from Kochi, India. The ship is berthed at VivoCity. (Credit: Howie Choo)