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22/09/2008 - Lord Nelson
The vessel Lord Nelson lies peacefully on nos 4 berth port side to. The autumnal days with warm sunshine has brought many visitors to view Her at Weymouth. Among those visiting during open ship are the new crew members for voyage 707.
Questions are asked about the ship and eager eyes can be seen for those joining as the excitement of sailing on a square rigger grows.
Finally the time comes to join the ship and by 14:00 hours the new crew are onboard and training starts:
16:00 hours introductions to the permanent crew,saftey briefings and evacuation drill are explained.The voyage crew that are ready for their first climb have the opportunity to go aloft while alongside the quay.
17:00 the pilot boards and the ship leaves Weymouth harbour for a quiet anchorage overnight in the bay.
Lord Nelson comes to stop as a starboard anchor is dropped.Night watches are set up as the sun sets over a cool evening sky.
Those crew not yet ready for bed try their luck at fishing off the stern.Fishing was not all that successful but 3 mackerall were caught for bait tomorrow evening.
The wind has been blowing in a ENE direction and a decision has been made by the Captain to head for St .Malo and Cherbourg.
Tomorrow will then start off at 09:00hours on 23/09/08
Update by Carol (Medical Purser)