Experimental voyages in existing square-riggers had proved beyond doubt that the vision and concept of integrating disabled with non-disabled people on a tall ship could without doubt be highly successful and safe. However, the experiments also proved that the vision could be best achieved with a purpose-built vessel. Naval architect Colin Mudie, who had been involved in the JST from the start, was commissioned to design what was to become Lord Nelson. The build commenced in 1984 and the ship sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to Cherbourg on 17th October 1986.

Port of Registry: Southampton

Keel laid: 19th October 1984

Launched: 15th October 1985

Named: 4th July 1986

Maiden Voyage: 17th October 1986

Decommissioned: 11th October 2019

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