Hello from the Lord Nelson crew!
You must be wondering what has become of us so here is a brief update on our activities since October. At the end of the summer season LN was scheduled two day-sails from Portsmouth; the weather turned very nasty and only one trip got away. The ship then made a final cross-channel voyage terminating here in Southampton on October 10th. Since then we have been lying at the Western Docks and witnessing and endless rotation of shiny cruise ships departing for exotic locations……not jealous.
For those who don’t already know, LN is lying by awaiting a voyage to Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire for a dry-docking and important survey of the hull and propeller shafts. There are still places available so do give the office a call if you’re interested in a voyage to this beautiful part of Britain.
After returning here to Southampton the ship will remain for a major maintenance and re-furbishment period lasting through to the Spring. The ship is now well over twenty years old and has given good service throughout so it is time to address the wear and tear. The principle areas for attention are the galley, mid-ship shower and toilet block as well as an essential re-build of the after deck-house tops. There are a host of smaller jobs to be done and volunteers are invited; especially those with trade skills. The conditions will not be quite the same as Las Palmas but the experience, atmosphere and humour remain uniquely JST. Please give the office a call if you’re interested in being part of the project team.
Captain Clare is taking long leave this winter so Neil Duncan will be in charge and I will visit now and then to make sure no-one has too much fun….
Take care and thanks for logging on.
John Etheridge, Captain.