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November 16, 2017
Day 8 started with Lord Nelson sailing south south west with a brisk force 5 towards Finnister with coarse and top sails set. As we left the Bay of Biscay and closed in on the north west coast of Spain, the traffic separation zones were clearly evident with a steady procession of ships crossing the dark […]

November 14, 2017
It’s a sea voyage! As I write this we are ripping along in the Bass Strait at over 9 knots. The ship is rolling evenly and comfortably enough and every second or third roll the sea flies up past the porthole in the lower mess. Were we to attempt to go so fast on the […]

November 14, 2017
An excited crew joined us in Southampton as we ended a busy few days of maintenance, but a spritely fresh looking Nellie greeted them on arrival. Having joined the crew were soon put through the mandatory briefs, delivered by the very efficient Leslie the Mate. It was decided to stay alongside our first night and […]

November 14, 2017
Following the night of being under engines with no wind, conditions remained calm for the crew to enjoy what seemed to be a strange tranquil Bay of Biscay after a stunning meal cooked by Simon…and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The watches settled in  for the night routine which was a moonless night allowing the bright […]

October 25, 2017
Day 1: All the voyage crew arrived on time. Wind was likely gail force in the channel and force 6 in Poole. We had rope, steering and lookout training in the lower mess. Today was Trafalgar day – 212 years since the death of Lord Nelson. Extra tables were set up in the lower mess […]

October 8, 2017
Meet Jessica, the JST’s latest cadet generously funded by Trinity House. Here’s how she got on aboard her first day sail on Lord Nelson.    On the 8th of October I was given the opportunity to participate in a day sail on board the STS Lord Nelson. I was able to shadow the deck crew […]

September 22, 2017
It is with mixed feelings that we begin this final blog. There is great excitement on board as we motor under the QE2 bridge towards our great capital. But it is with sadness that we think about going our separate ways this evening, leaving a great community and new found friends. We marked the end […]

September 19, 2017
A beautiful day at Alderney. A barbecue dinner on the stern platform put on by engineers Marco and Chipps left everyone full and ready to enjoy a good night of sleep at anchorage in Alderney. The following day most people left the ship via DOTI boat, in order to visit the town of Saint Anne. […]

September 18, 2017
Ode to Nellie   Yesterday’s roast was a fabulous feast, Our cookie Simon is a culinary beast. With the island of Alderney almost in sight, We polished and swept to Vicky’s delight. With sails now stowed and engines turned on, Chipp’s workload is greater and his day is long, But still he smiles, he doesn’t […]

September 17, 2017
Bula Bula another magnificent day in the South Pacific saw us on Saturday 16th September arrive at the island of Vanua Balavu in the Northern Lau Islands. The village of Delakony awaited us. We approached through the magnificent Bay of Islands with amazing perfect navigation from our Captain Darren Naggs, past coral reefs and narrow […]

September 16, 2017
Azores – Alderney The days of shorts and tee shirts are long gone. We now go on watch in woolly hats and several layers. The sunny Azores are far astern and everyone has settled into the rhythm of seagoing routine and the familiar pattern of watch keeping, sail handling, happy hours and mess duty. Below […]

September 14, 2017
Birthdays!  Birthdays!  Birthdays!  We’ve had three birthdays almost in a row: 10, 12, and 13 September, being Cook’s Assistant Fiona, Aft Starboard watch Linnea, and Aft Starboard watch Karen.  Cook exceeds himself on these occasions; we’ve almost been swimming in chocolate. Yummmm…. Today the wind is up and the engines are off. We are, as […]

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