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July 14, 2018
LN954 Sunderland – Esbjerg Tall Ships Race Leg one 13 th -20 th July 2018 14 th July Race Day The day started with some training about climbing aloft, followed by the chance to actually go up the masts. Everyone got fitted with harnesses and most of the crew climbed up the rigging. After climbing up […]

May 16, 2018
Day 8 and everyone now knows the ropes.  Everyone is pretty settled now apart from the Goddess of sea and weather. We are going this way and that way over the Irish Sea and we all look forward to our next meal.  Sailing beautifully using as many sails as possible with Whales (Wales) on the […]

May 15, 2018
We started today with breakfast at 08.00, with all the voyage crew present.  Cork was fair in weather with a few clouds but otherwise sunny.  Right after breakfast we had the voyage photograph on the quayside without issue (everyone was present and on time!). At around 9.30 hours we started assisted climbs with everyone attempting […]

May 14, 2018
We begin with the early morning fog and the discovery that one long blast on the ships whistle every 2 minutes is apparently quite difficult to sleep through! Fortunately our time in the fog sounding our whistle wasn’t too long. Once through the fog we found ourselves floating up river and approaching Cobh all wishing […]

May 14, 2018
The people on watches last night were treated to a spectacular show of phosphorescence, fish and dolphins. The best display Rowan has ever seen in European waters, pure magic. After breakfast we continued our passage through Cork Harbour where we picked up our ‘old friend’ Thomas McCarthy to pilot us along the River Lee towards […]

May 13, 2018
The Lord Nelson, Nellie to our crew, headed west leaving ‘Blighty’ to sink beyond the eastern horizon. Dolphins treated us to a display on the bow on our western bound tack towards Cork. As always ‘Cookie Dave’ had fed us well. As the light faded a few swallows heading north made many bold attempts to hitch a ride. […]

May 12, 2018
In the wake of a legend…. As our Titanic tribute band proceeded west, we encountered a very lumpy, bumpy channel that brought the old ‘Green Monster’ out in many of the voyage crew. However after a night anchored at Falmouth, we awoke to glorious sunshine and most had recovered their sea legs. RN Chris typifies the commitment of […]

May 11, 2018
The start our voyage into the footsteps of the Titanic’s maiden voyages was delayed slightly by a late fruit and veg delivery – something we don’t think would have happened to the Titanic! It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it gave time for a film crew to find us and film […]

April 8, 2018
Watch leader: Dave Mercer Watch: Tim, John, Ian, Tina, Karen, Margaret, Whitney Steering 050° to 090°; total miles in light NW wind only 55 nm Saturday was a beautiful, sunny afternoon with some crew wearing shorts and sitting on deck, others being industrious sanding and oiling the deck rails. Colin, our wonderful cook’s assistant, had a […]

April 3, 2018
Bentley’s Blog Mess Day When it came to my turn in the mess What I was in for could never guess Nellie was moving about a great deal Could not blame those at the Wheel Hung on for my dear life Dodging the odd flying knife Alas the coffee and tea pots were no more […]

April 2, 2018
Woke up at 3:30am for the 4-8am watch. Nearly a full moon, so stars were not too visible, but nevertheless quite nice. Spent much of the time staring out to sea. Spent some of the time getting four coffees, one tea, and a squash (juice). Took the helm for about an hour. Getting better at it, she’s not easy […]

April 1, 2018
Woken up at 6am with a call to report at 6:30. On mess duty from dinner last night until lunch, so headed straight to the galley. Rest of the crew went to deck to set sail. Worked on setting upper and lower mess tables, and then went on deck to join crew for setting sail off the berth […]

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