- Press Release - The Jubilee Sailing Trust is looking forward to welcoming suppliers and supporters on board their tall ship, Lord Nelson, on Tuesday 30th
March as she emerges from a major refit project that has lasted for the last five months.
This particular body of work was as part of a three phase refit project which has taken place during the UK winters (2008, 2009) and will continue in 2010/11.
Lord Nelson is one of the only two tall ships of her kind in the world that is built to enable able bodied and disabled people to sail alongside one another and is owned and operated by Southampton based charity called the Jubilee Sailing Trust.
Lord Nelson will set sail from Southampton at around 9am and will travel towards Cowes before returning to Southampton in the late afternoon. While on board, guests will be able to get a taste for what the Jubilee Sailing Trust does all year round; helming the ship, setting some sails and sampling culinary delights from the galley.
There will be representatives on board from Associated British Ports, Kempsafe, Lloyds Register of Shipping, Veolia and Cummins on the day, all of whom have contributed to the success of phase two of Lord Nelson’s refit.
The refit is taking place in order to revamp Lord Nelson, who will be 25 in 2011. The revolutionary vessel has benefited from extensive cosmetic and integral work in order to make her more comfortable for future voyage crew and keep Lord Nelson in tip top condition for another 25 years of life changing sailing adventures.
During the last five months the both of the engines have been replaced, the fore and main mast have been removed, inspected and replaced, brand new bunks now take the place of the old pipe cots in the fo’c’s’le (accommodation at the front of the ship) and voyage crew that sail with us in the future will now helm the ship from the bridge deck, which has been made completely from teak reclaimed in India.
Lord Nelson will welcome paying voyage crew back on board on Thursday 1st April on a 9 day voyage that may see her travelling to France or the Channel Islands before she returns to Southampton for public day sails on the 10th and 11th April.
For more information on the refit, or how to join the sailing adventure call the Jubilee Sailing Trust on 023 8044 9108, or visit the website www.jst.org.uk to find out more.