Lord Nel­son vis­it­ing Yar­mouth

Tri-County Vanguard - - COVER STORY - CARLA ALLEN

De­pend­ing on wind and weather con­di­tions, the tall ship Lord Nel­son is sched­uled to ar­rive in Yar­mouth ei­ther Aug. 13 or 14.

Com­mis­sioned by the Ju­bilee Sail­ing Trust and built in 1985, the 55-me­tre bar­que was the first tall ship in the world de­signed to en­able peo­ple of all phys­i­cal abil- ities to sail side-by-side on equal terms.

The ship is also part of the eight Tall Ships sched­uled to visit Digby Aug. 15 and 16.

(Un­like Digby and Shelburne, Yar­mouth is not a stop for mul­ti­ple Tall Ship vis­its as part of Ren­dez-vous 2017.)

The Lord Nel­son is used for char­ter and ad­ven­ture hol­i­day sail­ing and to spread the mes­sage of so­cial in­clu­sion.

Sam Webster, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, says there won’t be any pub­lic events or on­board tours in Yar­mouth dur­ing the short stay, as the ship needs to dock in Digby for Aug. 15. From Digby it sails to Saint John, New Brunswick.

“Af­ter Saint John, Lord Nel­son will go on an ex­tra­or­di­nary 30-day trip to Lon­don, vis­it­ing the Azores on the way,” said Webster. He added that there are a few places left avail­able on the trip, which costs about $5,000.

In the 1990s it be­came clear that the Lord Nel­son, com­mis­sioned and specif­i­cally de­signed for the trust, was un­able to con­tinue to sup­ply the grow­ing de­mand for the mis­sion. In April 2000, the Tena­cious was launched. The mod­ern Bri­tish wooden sail train­ing ship was the largest wooden ship to be built in the U.K. for over 100 years.

“The ships are nor­mally very pop­u­lar but we’re al­ways adding new voy­ages to book,” said Webster. “We’re al­ways try­ing to reach places we’ve never been be­fore and give the op­por­tu­nity to sail with us to new peo­ple – both with dis­abil­i­ties and able-bod­ied.”

Dur­ing 2012-2014 Lord Nel­son sailed around the world, with dis­abled and able-bod­ied crews. To­gether, she and her sis­ter ship have taken over 37,000 mixed crews on sail­ing voy­ages since they were built.

Fa­cil­i­ties on board in­clude wide flat decks for ease of move­ment around the ship, wheel­chair lifts be­tween deck lev­els, a hear­ing hoop, a speak­ing com­pass when re­quired and hy­draulic power-as­sisted steer­ing to en­able peo­ple with lim­ited strength or mo­bil­ity to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of steer­ing a large sail­ing ship.

A buddy sys­tem is in ef­fect on each ship, pairing able­bod­ied and phys­i­cally dis­abled peo­ple to­gether.


The Lord Nel­son will be vis­it­ing Yar­mouth be­fore sail­ing onto Digby.

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