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August 18, 2014
Day 5 consisted of a wonderful visit to Lunenburg for shore leave before beginning the major leg of our journey to Iceland. Lunenburg is an historic port and Unesco World heritage site. It is a quaint picturesque town to the west of Halifax. It took approximately 9 hours to motor-sail from Halifax the day before […]

August 17, 2014
We’re on our way, the final leg of Sail The World. Before embarking on our trans-Atlantic voyage we will be calling in at Lunenburg – the spiritual home of tall ship sailing in North America. We bid farewell to Halifax and Vicky, who manned the gangway, fending off any likely-looking stowaways. Some of the Permanent Crew had already […]

August 16, 2014
Lord Nelson voyage from Halifax to London The majority of the crew arrived between 1 and 2pm on Thursday with some slightly delayed by the stop-over in Iceland. Following arrival, settling in and a briefing we were introduced to our fellow watch mates who we are to spend the voyage working alongside at all hours of the day […]

August 14, 2014
Day 1 – STW10 Halifax – London Captain: Chris Phillips 1st Mate: Steve Higgs 2nd Mate: Marcin Dobrowolski Bosun: Lesley Sale Chief Engineer: Alan Grant Second Engineer: Mr. Chipps Cook: Dave Stanley Bosun’s Mates: Alan Fisher, Godfrey Jones, Neil Marshall Cook’s Assistant: Ros Price Joining day has been quite busy, as they usually are. In the […]

August 13, 2014
Maintenance Day 3 It has been a busy few days, preparing for Lord Nelson’s last passage home to the UK. Many hands helped with various tasks, ranging in purpose and difficulty. Some enjoyed a leisurely ride upriver in the Doti and Work Boats, taking them to be checked. Others had the fun of a treasure […]

August 11, 2014
Leaving day yesterday, many goodbyes to be said, we had a delightful crew on STW 28, for a short voyage there were many friendships made and we hope to sail again together soon. The ship has greeted several wonderful volunteers for a few days of essential maintenance before Nellie’s final journey home. The DOTI boats […]

August 9, 2014
Since leaving Louisbourg we have had the privilege of more whales running alongside the boat. Sightings continued off and on during the morning. Shortly after breakfast was happy hour and the crew was lucky enough to once again be able to “sweat” and “tail” some ropes for sail aligning. Also, a handful of people learned […]

August 8, 2014
Louisbourg Cape Breton Nova Scotia After breakfast we prepared to leave our temporary home where we had been made very welcome. Two 18th century French soldiers in their regimental regalia arrived to mark our departure with drum and piccolo. With sails set and our course plotted we headed out to sea. The good folk at […]

August 7, 2014
The voyage crew were all delighted that tropical storm Bertha had forced us to seek shelter in Louisbourg yesterday afternoon. We had drinks on deck before exploring this small town. Some went to the local playhouse for a musical performance. After the performance, a few musicians returned to our bar and those who had not […]

August 6, 2014
The Forward Starboard watch helped set the sails yesterday afternoon. Our 8pm to midnight watch was quiet, with dolphins being seen by some of the watch crew. Happy hour today saw the crew cleaning below decks, with Nazeer working with the Galley team until after lunch. A sail setting talk was held by Rob, where […]

August 5, 2014
Nellie left Halifax yesterday evening, Halifax still celebrating the Buskers’ Festival. Winds were light and seas calm, giving us a peaceful introduction to life at sea as we motored out of the harbour, enjoying occasional views of whales. Calm conditions persisted this morning, ideal conditions for many of us to experience our first mast climb, […]

August 4, 2014
We have all had a lovely few days in Halifax. We have sampled the many bars and ice cream stores and enjoyed the entertainment of the busker’s festival and the NATAL day celebrations today. There were 2 days of open ship where we got to show off Nellie to the locals including visits from past […]

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