All of the Watch not on mess duty carried out our last anchor watch together. We spent a happy two hours watching the wind speed – at one point it gusted up to 44 knots!
Monday, 6th September
Having started the day anchored off Whitehaven harbour we were pleased that the wind had dropped sufficiently to motor in. Getting in through the lock and into our berth required some excellent helming, involving very tight turns amazingly we didn’t touch anything. There were lots of people there to welcome us in. We were very pleased to see the world flag flying on the watch tower in our honour. And the harbour canon was fired to welcome in the Lord Nelson as they had for the tall ships in time gone by. There were lots of people on the quayside to greet us. We spent a happy half hour cleaning the heads one more time. Then we helped to stow the stores for the next voyage. After lunch we were given leave to explore Whitehaven. Some of the local Guiders on board were interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria, while many of us relaxed with a cream tea in the sunshine by the harbour. We returned to Lord Nelson for Sundowners on the bridge and a last evening of fun and laughter.
Aft Starboard Watch