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March 7, 2016
LN893 07/03/16   After a fantastic crew night out at the surprisingly good, all you can eat Wok, an early start and a frantic last “Happy Hour” was rewarded with bacon butties. A final briefing from Captain Chris; who showed us all where we had been how much we had sailed and motored and it […]

March 6, 2016
The big event of the day was the special cake served at morning smoko to celebrate 100,000 miles on Lord Nelson and Tenacious, over 1000 nights on board, excluding alongside for maintenance, for our salty ol’ sea dog Mike Van Baaren. He did come down from the yard to cut and eat his own cake, […]

March 6, 2016
An early start for the ship as we were due to depart Santa Cruz La Palma. Linesman were called early to lift the gangway on board and let the ship slip, although the linesmen were so efficient that we had to hang fire whilst a liner came into port. Eventually though, we set off and […]

March 5, 2016
San Sebastian, Gomera The day greeted us with sun on deck and a buffet breakfast. This was in welcomed contrast to other days when we would have preferred the shelter of the mess below. Assisted climbing was organised for several crew members who either relied upon wheelchairs for mobility or facing other challenges, including sight […]

March 3, 2016
The ship woke today in time to catch the sun rising across the marina of the La Palma.  As the sun began its ascent and cleared the few remaining clouds it promised a ‘scorchio’ day ahead.  As usual everyone mustered to the call of a full English breakfast, but more importantly for all was the […]

March 2, 2016
LN893 02/03/2016 16:30 day 3 Second day out of port, the island of La Palma has just come to view. This morning was a lot brighter than yesterday as a result a few familiar and almost forgotten faces began to reappear on deck after the seasickness that overtook so much of the crew yesterday. Our […]

February 8, 2016
LN891 08/02/2016 Moored up at Santa Cruz de la Palma as we patiently waited alongside getting mooring lines ashore it was clear to see the festival of flour was in full swing at the end of the quayside, loads of people dressed in white both males and females, there were also some males dressed as […]

February 7, 2016
LN891 07/02/2016 After the rigors of UK to Tenerife travel and the long taxi journey to Lord Nelson we were swiftly into our training before we were set loose ashore for a light meal and a much needed early night. The following day found much of the same as we listened to the experienced Mate […]

February 1, 2016
LN890 01/02/2016 Yesterday we all took a tour of the island of El Hierro, a lovely quiet volcanic island, not often visited by many tourists. We arrived back at the ship to enjoy sun-downers and a barbeque on deck. This morning a number of the crew enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the island and […]

January 15, 2016
LN888 15/01/15 After making good time from Las Palmas, we arrived off the coast of Madeira ahead of schedule on the evening of the 7th, and perfectly executed the only sensible manoeuvre available in our early arrival arsenal – what I like to call the “the chocolate box”. The chocolate box involves possibly one of […]

January 8, 2016
LN888 08/01/16 The Bridge had fallen almost silent. Each person on night watch had spent over three hours falling into their rhythm. Starboard and Port lookouts, helming, hourly logs, and most importantly – tea duty and storytelling to keep morale high! I’m sure if I had asked, each person would have admitted their thoughts were […]

January 7, 2016
LN888 07/01/16 Day 3, 7th Jan 2016 Madeira here we come. We set off from Gran Canaria after lunch yesterday, a voyage crew of 37 and the 13 permanent crew of “Nellie”. A few of us were eating breakfast on the deck this morning and we saw dolphins swimming near the ship. We are now […]

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