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23/10/11 - Lord Nelson
Lord Nelson Celebrates
Lord Nelson has had a busy week. We finished the voyage on the 16th Of October and came alongside in Southampton with Tenacious mooring astern of us. All the voyage crew and permanent crew congregated on the shore side for the presentation of the Jubilee Sailing Trust "Battle of the Barques" Trophy. Lord Nelson being the inaugural winners. The trophy was presented by Jacquetta Cator. It now has pride of place in Lord Nelson's bar.
Other trophy’s were also awarded, including the golden sick bag award to a member of Tenacious voyage crew and the award for the best dressed person having a shower ( the person concerned accidentally put on the shower during happy hour getting herself and her buddy completely wet), This award also went to Tenacious; along with the award for international relationships to Bill Gibbs after an incident in Cherbourg where he left a bar and knocked against a stack of chairs which knocked against another stack and so on down a line with the domino affect of them all falling down. A special award on here was for the best stern lookout award Paul seldom left his post coiled up in a mooring Warp for the best part of a day and night until persuaded to find his bunk. All the crews enjoyed the presentations.
On 17th October it was time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the maiden voyage of Lord Nelson. There were lots of old familiar faces from those early days including Clare Bridge who was medical Purser, Mark Kemmis Betty Captain, Richard Bridge 2nd mate,
Dave Robbins engineer and his wife Caroline who used to sail as a Bosuns Mate. Peter Moore who sailed as BM and cooks assistant and cook I still have fond memories of the doughnuts he used to make but especially his chocolate porridge cake.
Amongst the guests were Colin Mudie who designed Lord Nelson and his wife Rosemary. Along with their son Max who is a photographer and many will remember him from his days as a BM.
Also there were voyage crew who sailed on the first voyages including Jilly Manser who now works in the ships operation department, Ann Goodhall. Dot and George Vidler.
Trustees were also represented by Tony Hicklin who was one of the original ones to start the trust along with Christopher Rudd who was also there. Other trustees included Ian Shuttleworth, David Phyall and Ann Robinson, Lindsey and Ned Neve. Various medallion winners from over the years also came. It was a very enjoyable evening and Dave the cook and Hammie cook on Tenacious along with their volunteers worked really hard thankyou. Apologies for not mentioning all who came to help celebrate, one more that needs a mention was on as a BM in those days and was known as Leggo, now he is ships operations manager he is known as Andy Spark, but reverted to Leggo that evening.
The rest of the week passed swiftly with various meetings and training sessions and some maintenance. On Friday evening it was time for Tenacious to be the host this time for a Trafalgar day BBQ, the engineers Steve G, Chipps’, and Marco did a sterling job and Captain John Etheridge gave the daily toast and later the toast to the immortal memory of Lord Nelson. Luckily the weather held and although it was cold it stayed dry so people could enjoy themselves.
Sunday on Lord Nelson saw the celebration Of Yazz Quinton reaching the age of entitlement she is now 18. Not many eighteen year olds celebrate their birthdays on a square rigger including watching rugby during smoko (world cup finals surprisingly Marco the engineer was in the upper mess again.) and twister in the bar before going ashore to celebrate later in the evening.