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April 9, 2015
We left the beautiful island of Faial in sunshine, and 10 or so Common Dolphins swam over to bid us farewell, playing at the bow. We are now gently sailing to anchor off the island of Pico and have had Al fresco lunch on deck so as not to miss any opportunity for further sightings.

April 8, 2015
Whales, Whales, Whales !! We arrived at Horta (good reverse manoeuvring by Captain Barbara!) in time for a mad dash to the infamous Pete’s Bar for lunch (wheelchairs are tricky on the cobbles but helped by a chariot rope system up the slopes!) sardines chips and vino Verde. A catamaran and a fast rib took […]

April 7, 2015
Cadets Log.. Buck, James Day 82 of my deployment onboard STS Lord Nelson. The days number of this current voyage eludes me, but I know that we are due to arrive Southampton on the 11th of this month with today being the 6th. 5 days to go! The weather has offered some interesting challenges, making […]

April 7, 2015
Yesterday we saw some Atlantic Spotted Dolphins! And early this morning we had a few Common Dolphin come through in small groups, and also some, either Atlantic Spotted, or Atlantic Striped Dolphin. Then at 10.30 to our great excitement three Sperm Whales passed very close to the ship!! They crossed the bow about six feet […]

April 7, 2015
Only five of the voyage crew remain alive, each with a contract to kill – ‘Murder’ is afoot. Don’t panic, it’s just a game, a little entertainment to while away the hours as we approach Europe and the UK! We have spent the past few days motoring as the winds have not been blessing us […]

April 6, 2015
Marianne, Cat and Lauren went up to release lower topsail gaskets on the main mast straight after breakfast followed by another gang releasing lower topsail gaskets on the fore mast. Before casting our lines we set the outer jib, and the engine was rapidly turned off as we left port and set sails. There was […]

April 5, 2015
Happy Easter the day started with boiled eggs to celebrate Easter Sunday! Happy Hour this morning was cleaning the ship from top to bottom, but then it was delicious chocolate cherry fridge cake and a cup of something on deck in the sunshine. Today we have explored Sao Miguel in various groups. Some went to […]

April 4, 2015
That was an exciting first time up the rigging and out on the yards. It all started so well but a sudden squall rushing in from the SW meant we all got rather cold and wet very quickly! Still if we can do it in that then surely we can do it again… With the […]

April 3, 2015
Hello from Lord Nelson, Today is day 22 of our voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. We are just 9 short days away from Southampton. Morning routine went as usual. Wake up, eat breakfast, muster on station. The word was passed that wind would be working against us so we’ve pulled in the sails and started […]

April 3, 2015
Beautiful Sao Miguel in the Azores! We board the ship between 4pm and 6pm excited about sailing, and looking forwards to exploring the Azores and sighting whales and dolphins. Bunks are allocated, passports handed over, introductions made, then a communal meal and time to relax on board or wander ashore.  A large procession followed the […]

April 1, 2015
Day 22 in the Big Brother House….first up Aft Port has a new member: Pirate Gary, as sadly 2 members of the watch had to jump ship in the Azores. Watch leader Mike is getting paranoid he might lose another so we’re now taking bets on who it might be… Yesterday was an eventful day […]

March 30, 2015
Day 20: After two and a half days exploring the island of Faial (especially the interior of the infamous Café Peter Sport), and getting used to standing on solid ground, we’re back on board Lord Nelson and heading out to sea. Our planned departure at noon was scuppered by the late arrival of our provisions, […]

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