It was great for the Lord Nelson to come alongside in Boston and thankyou for the warm welcome from the Mayor and the GG Commissioners and all the family and friends too. It was lovely to have you on board and equally good to show the GG guests around our lovely ship too.
Special thanks from all the permanent crew to WL Elizabeth who postponed the chance of a big bath, sleep and her first night back on dry land, to come back on board and make sure the evening went off so well! Many thanks, we really are grateful to you for all your efforts!
Before the VIP guests had been shown around, we also welcomed 24 brownies and their 4 leaders for a sleepover on board and we also extended a welcome to the local Boston sea cadets who took the advantage of us being alongside to come and have a tour, good to see you all!
The next morning (day one for LN 749)came round all too soon and once our brownies had enjoyed their breakfast and helped scrub the decks, they gathered up their belongings and headed ashore, leaving us in time to start the Watch leader ‘briefings’ and all the preparations for the forthcoming voyage. Then, there they were.....37 girl guides all ready to make their way up the gangway, onto the Lord Nelson and to discover their bunks – wonderful!
Once everyone had signed on and said their fond farewells to their families and friends, Captain Clare invited everyone to join her in the lower mess so the introductions of the permanent crew could begin – and having done that, all the training could start.
The PC for this voyage are: Chris the mate; Peter the 2nd mate; Marcin the bosun aka ‘Marcinski the Bosunski’; Rachel aka ‘Ratchet’ the Chief Engineer with Jenny the 2nd engineer; Rachel the medical purser; Cookie Dave and our Bosun’s mates Joyce ‘the Voice’ and Claire.
No sooner were the briefings out the way than the GG’s were fitting their full body rigging harnesses and having the first opportunity to go aloft. Then once their welcome dinner had just gone down, the mate shouted for ‘all hands on deck’ so our new crew could brace the yards ready for leaving the berth tomorrow morning.