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August 30, 2016
LN904 30/08/2016 – Tally Ho! According to Captain Chris, “We are somewhere in the North Sea.” This said during morning meeting as he held up a chart with no recognisable land-marks on it…….just the sea. However, we know he knows’, that we know he knows exactly where that “somewhere” is. We are trying to catch […]

August 29, 2016
LN904 29/08/2016 – Day 2 – Breakfast at 8 (after being woken by Grahame welcoming us to paradise at 07:30). We went on deck for rope lessons followed by tea, coffee and delicious home-made shortbread. We loosened the gaskets to get the ship ready for the “Parade of Sails”. We left the berth at 13:30 […]

August 28, 2016
LN904 28/08/2016 – We arrived on-board and were shown our bunks and given our watch-cards and oilskins. Evacuation drill was one of the first things we carried out. Then those who wished to were able to climb the rigging and go out on the yards. After a hearty dinner of chicken followed by bread and […]

August 25, 2016
LN903 25/08/2016 – Less than a day’s sailing distance from Blyth, STS Lord Nelson sails on the glassy waters where her illustrious namesake took to the sea. The cool airs of the North Sea are beginning to wane and before long we will undoubtedly be forced to more modern means of propulsion. Plans are being […]

August 24, 2016
LN903 24/08/2016 – After an early awakening for another delicious breakfast from Iain we continued our course north. The heat had taken its toll on some of the crew with one or two sunburnt faces, but nevertheless we carried on. With the wind dying down the crew knuckled down to “happy hour” (cleaning). When Lord Nelson […]

August 23, 2016
LN903 23/08/2016 -After a delicious, filling breakfast, we learnt how to climb the mast and cast-off gaskets……. readying the ship to set some sails. All that climbed thoroughly enjoyed the experience and one climber remarked… ”Doesn’t the ship look small from high up the mast”. We weighed anchor and motored out of the Thames estuary. […]

August 22, 2016
LN903 22/08/2016 – After the hustle and bustle of the voyage crew joining the ship, crew introductions and safety briefings, we cast-off at 5pm and glided through the tall buildings of Canary Wharf and out onto the Thames with the tide helping us downstream.  We passed the O2 Arena, cable cars overhead and the Thames […]

August 18, 2016
LN902 18/08/2016 – This morning the day was slow to dawn through the thick fog as we started up the “channel”.  Yesterday we had spent the day under sail, and while not making much progress in the very light airs it was good to have the engines quiet and listen to the creak and groan […]

August 17, 2016
LN902 17/08/2016 – Despite adverse winds Lord Nelson makes good progress towards the “channel”. A day of engines and fore and aft sails but finally we got an “angle” on the wind and for a while were under almost full canvas until again, the wind petered out. Everybody is in good spirits with little sign […]

August 15, 2016
The word ‘accessible’ gets bandied around a little too willy nilly for my liking. So, when I heard that a Tall Ship, which was specifically designed to be fully accessible for people with disabilities, was arriving into Sydney, I just had to take a look. We headed to the Australian National Maritime Museum to see […]

August 15, 2016
LN902 15/08/2016 Forward Starboard – Afternoon watch “The wind is blowing in the direction from where it came, a gentle swell from over there” said Bob (retired Australian Met Office)…..NNE actually. “Whale spouts sighted!” shouted Tobias keeping watch on the port side. “Absolutely nothing” said Scott on the starboard side, although, if he’d eyes in […]

August 14, 2016
LN902 14/08/2016 – Aft Port watch. It’s a new crew on-board now for the voyage from La Coruna to London. After a busy day yesterday getting briefings from Captain Chris and Mate, Lesley and then followed by evacuation drills, an introduction to helming, getting our harnesses fitted and climbing aloft, those who had not headed […]

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