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Lord Nelson - Accommodation & facilities

Accommodation & Special Facilities

LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS have many facilities to enable physically disabled crew to work alongside their able-bodied shipmates, without taking away the element of challenge.

Each ship has a bowsprit with a walkway so everyone can enjoy that spell binding moment when the dolphins come to play in the bow wave, or you just want to get that classic shot of a square rigger under full sail.

The ship has large ships boats with metal floors so we can get everybody ashore for a beach barbeque or to explore more remote locations where the ship can only anchor.  In bigger ports the ships gangways can cope with most waterfronts, but sometimes wheelchair forays ashore require a bit of teamwork.

Specific built-in features include:

  • Wide, flat decks with lifts between them.
  • Fully adjustable helmsman’s seat, which is fitted with a seat belt.
  • For visually impaired voyage crew:
  • An audio compass
  • A guidance track around most of the upper deck to keep you central
  • Arrows on most handrails pointing to the bow
  • Tactile strips at the tops of companionways (stairs) and bright coloured edging
  • Bright track radar screen.
  • For deaf and hearing impaired voyage crew:
  • Berths are fitted with vibrator pads connected to the alarm bells and alarm lights circuit.
  • Both ships are fitted with induction loops.

Below decks there are bunks in the fo’c’sle for the majority of the crew, and eight cabins amidships for wheelchair users and their buddies. Bathrooms on board have specifically designed toilets and showers for those with more severe disabilities.

Accommodation below has heating and air conditioning. There are hot showers, points for electric shavers, toothbrushes and hair driers.

Bar on Board

Lord Nelson is a very sociable ship and the bar is often a focal point for events in port. At sea you can buy aloholic drinks if you are not on watch or about to go and handle sails or climb the rigging. There is also a large mess room for meals or where you can write a diary or perhaps enjoy a board game.

The vessels are fitted with a messroom, fully equipped galley, workshop, library
and well-stocked bar.

PDF Crew Handbook - everything you need to know about life on board - 12 pages


Ocean cribbage tournament in Lord Nelsons Bar - somewhere off Portugal. Capt Clare Cupples is a card shark - BEWARE.












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