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July 23, 2017
Joining day from different perspectives by Aft Port Watch After making our way through the crowds of excited spectators who had come to see the Tall Ships, we boarded Lord Nelson, where we were greeted by our watch leaders. We were shown to our bunks and then signed in to get our name tags, wet […]

July 15, 2017
Helo i bawb, as we say in Welsh.  We have just entered the St. Lawrence River from the Gulf, we’re all sleeping very well since we are not rocking so much. It’s a beautiful sunny day and the temperature is now at 18 degrees. Yesterday we visited Archipel de Mingan National Park following a short […]

July 14, 2017
The day opens sunny calm and cool with a promise of 17 degrees later. Our watch is the afternoon watch, 12.30 – 4pm but it is not going to happen as we are GOING ASHORE. On the North side of the Gulf of St Lawrence at the start of the St Lawrence river is a […]

July 13, 2017
Thankfully, the worst of the storm has blown through, and we have been sailing in sunshine and a fresh breeze.  It has been wonderful to feel the sun on our faces and to feel that we are closing in on our destination. It hasn’t been quite as eventful as yesterday, no explosions for us today, […]

July 12, 2017
Well here we are, on the closing stages of our voyage in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. After passing a little close to a fishing boat which didn’t seem to understand the traffic separation scheme in the Belle Isle Strait last night, we are once again in comparatively open water with land just visible on […]

July 11, 2017
“How do you explain this reality to others?” asked Roly.  “Impossible” we replied.  Glorious clear blue skies, indigo coloured sea; garnets, dolphins and whales all putting in appearances along with the icebergs. Life is good. We were on midnight to 4am watch (middle watch) on the 9 July.  At 2.45 am we were identifying various […]

July 9, 2017
Today was a nice day for everyone I think. We woke up with the bing bong, and one of the voyage crew announced that we just arrived in the Canadian waters. What good news! It was a sunny morning. Right after breakfast, while we were still motoring at an approximate speed of 5 knots, Captain […]

July 8, 2017
The previous day saw another two voyage crew volunteer as Cook’s Asses in somewhat adverse conditions. Average four meter swell, it turns out, is not ideal for grating cheese. A determined mess crew persevered, however, and the entire crew was rewarded with burrito bowls and apple crumble for dinner. Another rocky night provided difficult sleeping […]

July 7, 2017
Yesterday, Euan and Myles spent the day as cooks assistant. They had to delegate tasks to the messmen, organize stores and do tasks for the cook. Their work was well rewarded as last night, the 8 till 12 watch brought the most spectacular sunset we have seen so far. The sky was filled with beautiful […]

July 7, 2017
Day 28 One month into this incredible journey and day 8 since we last saw land. Many of us are having to dig deep at this stage of the voyage due to lack of sleep, long cold watches and the length of time at sea, but firm friendships and a caring crew really are helping […]

July 6, 2017
The first watch (8-12) last night was ours. The first hour was spent handing square sails and tidying up – it is hard to believe how many – 60 sheets, tacks, clews, buntlines and braces just for the topsails and the courses alone. All have been cast off their pins during handing sail and put […]

July 4, 2017
Another day passes on our travels towards Canada and at least 3 more murders have been committed (I am the victim of one of them and so, in theory, I am a ghost writer!). I can assure people that the act was painless and was committed in the laundry room with a game of monopoly […]

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