Majestic Lord Nelson ship docks in Great Yarmouth on its first stop of its nationwide voyage with Jubilee Sailing Trust
- Credit: Nick Butcher
It was a sight to behold as it glided gracefully along the River Yare ready to berth at the river port.
With its tall mast and majestic hull, a queen of the seas dropped anchor in Great Yarmouth yesterday afternoon on the first of its stops.
The sleek and elegant Lord Nelson is a ship commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust to support people with disabilities, and is the world's only fully accessible tall ship.
MORE: Tall ship to dock this afternoon as part of round Britain voyageThe crew from London set sail from the Docklands on Monday and the voyage will take in 11 ports on its journey.
The 18-sail vessel will depart for Sunderland later today crewed with people from the region.
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Sally, a crew member who was aboard the ship, said: 'It has been a very calm, extremely helpful and informative couple of days.
'The only unfortunate thing was that the wind did not allow us to sail all the way to our anchorage but as we all know that was beyond anyone's control, which actually simplified the watches and allowed more time for training.'
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A small crowd gathered on South Quay as the 140ft (42m) wide vessel made her way into the port to berth between the Fugro Frontier and the Iceni Courage.
She can reach a top speed of 10+ knots (around 10mph) and is 110ft (37m) tall.
The 'Nellie' as she is affectionately called, she made her maiden voyage in 1984 after she was commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust she would be the 'flagship' for the Jubilee Sailing Trust's mission to enable people with disabilities to sail.
The trust takes both disabled and able bodied men and women to sea, to not only teach them how to crew a tall ship, but to promote equality, sharing and to celebrate people's individual differences by working together to achieve greater things.
The ship is custom built and uniquely designed to enable people of all physical abilities to sail side by side on equal terms.
The charity also helps injured servicemen in their rehabilitation.
For the next three months, Lord Nelson will travel around the UK and with crews featuring 209 employees from Barclays, sailing side-by-side with 209 people with disabilities from over 50 separate charities.
More details can be found at: www.labs.uk.barclays/rbv2017 or www.jst.org.uk