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January 9, 2017
LN911, 6-16/1/17 The voyage started on a blustery day in Las Palmas, with all voyage crew making it to the ship successfully and getting settled in. Introductions were made and a briefing for what we were letting ourselves in for was given. Dinner was served promptly afterwards and people inevitably migrated to the bar. On […]

January 9, 2017
LN910 Tuesday 3rd January 2017 (13:23) We docked in La Palma at 16:00. To get the ship to shore we did tacking, wearing and box hauling – the latter a first time for many on board including the Captain! However, before we did these manoeuvres we had to have a brief team talk from the […]

January 9, 2017
LN910 New Years Day New Year’s day started very, very early for some of us. After rolling into bed after the celebrations at around one o’clock, we were pulled from sleep at four. We were still in San Sebastian port, so that meant it was just me and my watch leader, Chris, up on the […]

January 9, 2017
LN910 New Year’s Eve On New Year’s Eve, we woke up on choppy waters, causing most of the crew to quickly head to medical for seasickness tablets before the day began. We all settled in for breakfast with an air of excitement for what the night would hold, and with the promise of a new […]

January 9, 2017
LN910 31st December 2016 – New years Eve We (Pam, Susie and myself who had travelled from London Gatwick together) arrived at the Ship and met the Captain (Chris), the Mate (Leslie) and our watch leader (Sarah), we got shown to our bunks, issued our oil skins and unpacked. After meeting all the permanent crew […]

November 21, 2016
LN907, 07 – 27/11/2016 Southampton to Las Palmas (via Madeira) Ruth Critchley We wake up to breakfast on the deck, accompanied by a dramatic moonset – sunrise. After some sight seeing sailing around the bay, Lord Nelson moors at Vigo, Spain, our first land since leaving Southampton. Naturally most of the voyage crew were keen […]

November 21, 2016
LN907, 07 – 27/11/2016 Southampton to Las Palmas (via Madeira) Roger Rowe Aft Port Watch   The day starts bang on time at midnight as my watch take the bridge for the middle watch. The moon is almost full and very bright. The sails are up but one corner of the main course (the lowest […]

November 15, 2016
LN907, 7/11 – 27/11 2016 Watch Leader Robin Gorham Well, where are we? This is not meant to be a mystery tour but at times as the sea mists closed in at night we were left wondering. However our valiant Captain has put us to rights at the southern end of the Bay of Biscay, […]

November 14, 2016
LN907, 7/11-27/11 2016 David Wilkins, Forward Starboard Watch Canaries Passage We are cruising through a gentle sea, far far gentler than it has been over the last few days.   When we sailed out the waves were high and a thump forward followed by a slosh aft indicated that The Lord Nelson had hit a wave […]

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 […]

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