skip to main content

Lord Nelson blog

July 12, 2015
12/07/15 LN872 The ship awoke to a stormy sea yesterday. Still in the reach of St.Kilda’s, athough making way slowly. The ongoing watch was enthusiastic to the morning’s watch ahead, looking forward to keeping spirits high with lots of singing and the creation of the ’12 day’s of sailing’ song. The wind picked up and […]

July 9, 2015
09/07/15 LN872 We are becalmed off St Kilda but we had a good nights sleep after our film night (Shelock Holmes). Lots of gannets, fulmars, great skuas, a few puffins and even a minke whale (alledgedly) have been sighted. Voyage crew took advantage of the calm sea to have a good happy hour and lifejacket […]

July 8, 2015
08/07/15 LN872 Yesterday’s excitement started during dinner, but was nothing to do with the food (which was excellent as always – never upset the chef!!). There was a call on the tannoy for the permanent crew to go on deck to hand (take in) the Royals. Then Richard appeared in the lower mess, saying we […]

July 7, 2015
07/07/15 LN872 Dave our resident chef prepared for our evening meal a delicious roast lamb dinner, which after a hard day of setting sails, the whole crew devoured quickly leaving the whole crew content and tired! This was ok for some but for others about to go on watch it was a wet and cold […]

June 27, 2015
27/06/15 LN871 After yesterday’s rain and cold, damp hands aloft training, we woke to a dry and almost sunny morning in Kintyre. Breakfast on the deck was a bracing start to the day, especially for those who had enjoyed the delights of Campbelltown late into the night… Soon after breakfast, we prepared to set off, with the aim of […]

June 16, 2015
19/06/15 LN 870 So, finally I got the time to sit down and begin the first ship blog – straight out of mess duty, coming to the end of my first ever 48 hours on-board a ship. I did galley duty which started yesterday and felt a bit queasy. There is nothing that a 7pm to […]

June 14, 2015
14/06 LN869 After leaving Douglas Bay in the morning of 13th June we eventually found some wind and set sails and went sailing in a northerly direction which everyone enjoyed. After sailing for a few hours  in the evening due to running shorted on sea room the captain decided to ware ship. We then sailed […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 It’s 03:00 and we are taking the time out on a nice quiet anchor watch in Douglas Bay to reflect on the last few days. Lots of things both ashore and on Nellie; lots of work aloft replacing one of the main stays and repairing the course sail.  Oh and of course there […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 Voyage day 7, 12th June, Douglas Isle of Man. Today’s the big day, the Blue Ribband event of not just the Isle of Man TT, but of road racing in the whole world; The Senior TT Race. 1,000cc race motorcycles, 200+MPH on the long mountain straights, and raced by all the big names; […]

June 12, 2015
12/06/15 LN869 Day 4 We tacked first thing after morning meeting, but soon found we weren’t making much headway so we handed the sails and put the engine on. We headed into Douglas, arriving at about 1700, on the 9th. I went into shore in the DOTI boat as a linesman, and had a beautiful view […]

June 10, 2015
10/06/15 LN869 Day 3 -4 Yesterday we had square rig sails out for the first time on the voyage! One got a bit caught so Luis got sent up to sort things out. A lot of shouting up and down the mast! (but no panic). We had 0000-0400 watch this morning. We woke up to rough seas […]

June 6, 2015
06/06/15 LN869 The voyage crew found their way to Lord Nelson in Cardiff we were moored opposite the Welsh Assembly building. After being greeted on board by Steve Higgs the First mate they were shown to their bunks by their watch leaders, and then came to sign on with me Jo Hicks Medical Purser. Once most of them […]

Keep updated: