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July 7, 2015
07/07/15 TNS442 It’s a beautiful day here in Scheveningen. The sun is glinting on the masts and yards and the trawlers are racing to the fish market with their catch as the crew are dragged from deep slumber by a cheery Peter at 6.30 am (BST) but now we are GMT + 2hours! After breakfast […]

July 6, 2015
05/07/15 – 06/07/15 TNS442 Scheveningen! A calm sunny dawn alongside in the smart new(ish) harbour, fishing boats returning with the night’s catch, racing to get to the fish market for the best prices. Last night many of us took advantage of the previous day’s catch in the beach bars and restaurants that line the long, […]

July 4, 2015
03/07/15 TNS442 Last night was not the hottest of the year so far, but the ship had been warming all week and, being made from wood, it stores heat very well, so it was baking below… Stores arrived early while we were still saying good bye to the off-going volunteers from last night’s event, the cadets […]

June 28, 2015
28/06/15 TNS441  All hands were woken at a very uncivilised hour of 0530am, we came sleepily on deck to discover another warm and sunny day which made the early start much more palatable. A quick cup of tea and a warm welcome from us for the Dieppe Pilot to see us safely on our way. By the time we […]

June 27, 2015
27/06/15 TNS441  After a lovely jolly wake- up call from Gerhild, we were greeted with a glorious morning just off England’s bottom left corner, Deal. Blue skies and smooth sea. Following a hearty breakfast we had a happy half, immersing ourselves in cleaning the heads. Thankfully, due to this situation we enjoyed a lazy morning sunning it up […]

June 19, 2015
19/06/15 TNS440 Greetings from the English Channel! Having spent a very pleasant evening in Cherbourg last night, some of us are heading ashore for dinner, we ‘left the wall’ at about 11 o’clock bound for Poole. Winds have not been in a particularly helpful direction so we initially started out using engines but managed to […]

June 17, 2015
17/06/15 TNS440 Almost clear skies and plenty of sun made for fantastic bathing and relaxing conditions yesterday, but regrettably little wind for sailing. Regardless, we hoisted the upper and lower topsails to catch what there was, with the help of a few heroics from the bosun’s mates, and sailed gently west. We learned to climb, […]

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 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 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
10/6/2015 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 […]

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