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June 16, 2015
19/06/15 LN 870 So, finally I got the time to sit down and begin the first ship blog – straight out of mess duty, coming to the end of my first ever 48 hours on-board a ship. I did galley duty which started yesterday and felt a bit queasy. There is nothing that a 7pm to […]

June 16, 2015
16/06/15 TNS440 – Southampton:Poole Having arrived at the Southampton Docks we departed at 17:30 with a great retrieval of vast ropes. At the rear of the ship we fed through 4 great multi-weave ropes, I couldn’t even wrap my fist around the circumference. As of yet the seas have remained calm and the winds low, […]

June 14, 2015
14/06 LN869 After leaving Douglas Bay in the morning of 13th June we eventually found some wind and set sails and went sailing in a northerly direction which everyone enjoyed. After sailing for a few hours  in the evening due to running shorted on sea room the captain decided to ware ship. We then sailed […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 It’s 03:00 and we are taking the time out on a nice quiet anchor watch in Douglas Bay to reflect on the last few days. Lots of things both ashore and on Nellie; lots of work aloft replacing one of the main stays and repairing the course sail.  Oh and of course there […]

June 13, 2015
13/06/15 LN869 Voyage day 7, 12th June, Douglas Isle of Man. Today’s the big day, the Blue Ribband event of not just the Isle of Man TT, but of road racing in the whole world; The Senior TT Race. 1,000cc race motorcycles, 200+MPH on the long mountain straights, and raced by all the big names; […]

June 13, 2015
13/6/2015 TNS439 It’s a sunny south westerly 4/5 and we have the lower topsails, staysail, and the outer jib set already! Plenty to see for those on deck, and even more for those who climb the mast on this glorious Day Sail. We head out of Southampton Waters, turning Eastwards along the North Channel and […]

June 12, 2015
12/06/15 LN869 Day 4 We tacked first thing after morning meeting, but soon found we weren’t making much headway so we handed the sails and put the engine on. We headed into Douglas, arriving at about 1700, on the 9th. I went into shore in the DOTI boat as a linesman, and had a beautiful view […]

June 12, 2015
12/06/15 TNS439 And the crew of TNS439 have a final sail, from Hamstead Point Isle of Wight to Berth 108 Western Docks Southampton, after a celebratory meal the previous night at anchor, and stories from all aboard with memories of the war. We pack bags and say farewell…until the next time!

June 11, 2015
11/6/2015 TNS439 This is our last full day on-board and we have just pulled up the anchor ready to head up the needles, planning to dock in Southampton tomorrow. The wind has picked up and is a bit choppy, but I guess if you had read Wednesdays blog this is nothing compared to that. The youth “Leadership at Sea” group […]

June 10, 2015
10/06/15 LN869 Day 3 -4 Yesterday we had square rig sails out for the first time on the voyage! One got a bit caught so Luis got sent up to sort things out. A lot of shouting up and down the mast! (but no panic). We had 0000-0400 watch this morning. We woke up to rough seas […]

June 10, 2015
10/6/2015 TNS439 Anchored off Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight. So! The trip of a lifetime is drawing to a close. The voyage crew made up of young and not so young, (War Babies) have learned a great deal.  To the not so old, it may have seemed that the war babies were still relishing the […]

June 9, 2015
9/6/2015 TNS439 Well another perfect 24hours with the JST, what’s that like? Yesterday the good crew of Tenacious spent our last day in Caen visiting the many attractions, cafes, and monuments, ending in a lovely meal with most of the voyage and permanent crew attending. The next morning we were set to transit the Caen […]

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