STS Lord Nelson set sail from Southampton Docks over 30 years ago on her maiden voyage. She has sailed the worlds’ oceans ever since, delivering her mission, breaking down the barriers that disabilities can present.

As you will know, our flag ship is coming home a final time to rest, and we are marking this with a special event on Friday 11th October in Southampton’s Ocean Cruise Terminal. We’d love for as many of our supporters as possible to join us.

Photo Courtesy of Chris Lambert

Following the completion of the Battle of the Barques in Southampton, Lord Nelson will enter port, accompanied by SV Tenacious at 12pm, flying a 33-foot long decommissioning pennant from her main mast. This represents one foot for each year of service. The voyage will officially end at noon with a subsequent ceremony taking place from 2pm.

We would be delighted if you could join us at the event, which includes a complimentary buffet, cake, tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Please register here to secure your ticket (please note, registration is mandatory for port security).

We very much hope that you will join us to help celebrate Lord Nelson’s life and the amazing work that this very special ship has undertaken for the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

Following the ceremony, we will be taking circa six months to consider various options regarding her future and have been encouraged by the number of organisations and cities showing an interest. We remain optimistic that she will continue to be used in support of our mission and we’ll continue to keep all of our supporters updated. Tenacious will continue to deliver our voyage programme throughout the year so do look out for news on this.

In the meantime, we hope to see you at the event to mark all that Lord Nelson has achieved in her 33 years of service.