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October 20, 2016
LN906C Barquing up the Right Tree Jon Elkon When I was eight, I painted a moonlit scene using watercolours and gouache. A ship, becalmed. The moon lying huge on the horizon, its reflection linking ship and moon like the silvered undulating road between birth and eternity. In my memory the picture is perfect…and when my […]

October 20, 2016
LN905C Capt. Darren Knaggs An identical start to the day changed, when instead of making for the sea, Capt Darren gave us a cruise round the Portsmouth Dockyard with commentary. On reaching a position to sail, we turned, again heading to the north of the IOW but with less wind we were able to set […]

October 20, 2016
LN905B Capt. Chris Phillips The voyage crew joined at 0900 and following a welcoming warm beverage and bacon butties there was the usual safety briefing. We cast off at 1100, heading for the Solent. The forecast was E –NE winds, freshening to force 7, so Capt Chris, on opening the ship to the full weight […]

October 5, 2016
LN905A 05/10/2016 – From the Well ‘Ard Watch An early start from West India Dock, as the Captain promised. And at 0530 All Hands were roused to move Lord Nelson from under the giant towers of Canary Wharf into the lock basin, there to await the pilot and head into the Thames. The London River is […]

September 17, 2016
LN905 17/09/2016 – We finally anchored in Aldernay after a choppy overnight crossing from Poole and had fun being ferried ashore in the “dotty” boat…..several enjoying a little refreshment. On return we hoisted Tom aboard and were complimented on our teamwork. After dinner a spontaneous “pub quiz” was organised. 3 teams were quickly formed and […]

September 16, 2016
LN905 16/09/2016 – Last night we continued motoring, leaving the North Sea (thanks for looking after us!) and entering into the English Channel.  We came through the Dover Straits overnight and saw the White Cliffs of Dover in the moonlight, with the lights of Dover and Calais twinkling on our Starboard and Port bows respectively. We […]

September 14, 2016
LN905 14/09/2016 – The fair winds from yesterday continued all night and we sailed on with a top speed of 7.1 knots. The peace of moving under sail with the darkness closing in gave a “coziness” that seemed to lift the spirits of the entire crew. Watches that in daylight served as functional look-outs became […]

September 13, 2016
LN905 – 13/09/2016 – We came on watch just after the sun went down. It was a beautiful calm night. There were no clouds, but a mist hung over the sea giving passing ships a ghostly appearance. At one time we could see 14 ships within our area and to starboard we passed 3 well […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 12/09/2016 – After arrival at Helgoland yesterday and tying up for the night, we ventured in to town. Since this is our last port stop before Poole we all decided to have “watch” dinners. Amazingly we all finished up at the same restaurant “Bunte Kuh” run by a very fierce fraulein. We awoke to […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 11/09/2016 – Following on from yesterday’s blog, we have now left the Kiel Canal in our wake and entered the River Elbe. We anchored for the night just a short distance from the canal exit. We do not know whether to be worried or excited by the announcement of an invitation to “sundowners” on […]

September 12, 2016
LN905 10/09/16 Day 6. We have been making stately progress through the Kiel Canal. The cyclists amongst us have been only mildly disconcerted at being over-taken by old ladies on Dutch style bicycles, but no complaints, the weather and the views have both been glorious. The day began with Chris (not Captain Chris I hasten […]

September 9, 2016
LN905 09/09/2016 – There was high drama at breakfast on the discovery of a genuine jar of marmalade, however, as all crew are now accustomed to fake marmalade this has been re-labelled Apricot Jam. 2pm and it is glorious sunshine on the bridge this afternoon. All has been proceeding uneventfully for the current watch. A […]

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