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140ft. Famous Sail Training Ship LORD NELSON – built 1986 – Three-Masted Barque Rig – Lying: South Wales

Sail Training Ship LORD NELSON

Boat Details

Overall Length: 140ft on deck (42.8m) 179ft over spars
Waterline: 121ft
Beam: 29ft 6ins (9m)
Draught: 13ft 6ins (4.12m)
Displacement: Gross 398 Tons - Displacement 490 Tons
Engine: Pair 260hp Cummins QSB5.9 M Diesels
Berths: 36 Berths, 9 single crew cabins, 10 trainee cabins each with 2 bunks With additional berths in port and starboard forecastles
Sail: Three-Masted Barque
Designer: Colin Mudie
Builder: James W Cook & Co, Wivenhoe, UK Vosper Thorneycroft (UK) Ltd, Southampton, UK E Cole & Son Ltd, Cowes, UK
Year Built: 1986
Location: South Wales

History & Description:

Experimental voyages in existing square-riggers had proved beyond doubt that the vision and concept of integrating disabled with non-disabled people on a tall ship could without doubt be highly successful and safe. However, the experiments also proved that the vision could be best achieved with a purpose-built vessel. Naval architect Colin Mudie, who had been involved in the Jubilee Sailing Trust from the start, was commissioned to design what was to become STS LORD NELSON. The build commenced in 1984 and the ship sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to Cherbourg on 17th October 1986 and was the first purpose built ship of her type in the world. STS LORD NELSON was a pioneer in the world of tall ships. She is the only vessel which has been designed and purpose-built to allow people of all physical abilities to sail side-by-side on equal terms. There are eight wheelchair cabins with two bunks each, with the remaining accommodation being ‘dorm-style’. All beds are fixed single bunks. The vessel is equipped with additional measures to allow for disabled people to sail, including a speaking compass, visual and tactile alarms around the ship to supplement emergency announcements, disabled toilets, signage and diagrams in Braille, power-assisted steering for the ship’s wheel, wheelchair lifts around the ship, wider passageways, and tactile markers to assist the visually impaired in finding their way around.

Each year the JST takes around 2,000 adults to sea, both able-bodied and physically disabled. STS LORD NELSON can sail with up to 40 voyage crew, half of whom may be physically disabled and are guided through each task on board by eight or nine permanent crew members (professional seafarers) and three or more volunteer crew. The ship sailed around the United Kingdom, Western Europe the Canary Islands and the Caribbean.

From October 2012 to September 2014, STS LORD NELSON sailed around the world in the first JST circumnavigation, visiting thirty countries spanning all seven continents.

Port of Registry: Southampton

Keel laid: 19th October 1984

Launched: 15th October 1985

Naming Ceremony: 4th July 1986

Maiden Voyage: 17th October 1986

Decommissioned Ceremony: 11th October 2019

Short Passage from Bristol Docks to Barry, South Wales – May 2022

Vessel Particulars

Identification Data: (Decommissioned, no current certification)
Name: STS Lord Nelson Registry: United Kingdom
Port of Registry: Southampton Ship Type: Sail Training Ship
Call sign: GHJV Official No: 711655
IMO Number: 1002495
Whilst in operation was classed by Lloyds as A1 Yacht and MCA Class XI

Vessel Dimensions (in metres)

Length Overall: 42.8 Length Overall (incl. bowspirit): 54.7
Length – L (PP): 38.74 Waterline-L (WL) S: 37.0
Breath Moulded – BM: 8.64 Beam overall -BOA: 9.0
Depth Moulded – DM: 6.15 Freeboard (Summer): 2.06
Draft (Summer) – Ts: 4.12 Airdraft (Summer): 33.6
Keel to foremast head: 37.7 Deck to foremast head: 31
Gross tonnage: 368 Net tonnage: 110
Displacement – S: 412 Freshwater allowance: 0.045 (45mm)

Steel plate constructed hull, decks and superstructure.

Principal Machinery

Make / Type Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB5.9 M
Power Output: 2 x 230 BHP (343 kW) Fuel / Oil in use (Grade): MGO
(DMA)Fuel consumption: =1000ltr/day Total fuel capacity: 41.000ltr (95%)
Generators: 2 x Perkins 62G2AM Power Output: 2 x 100 kVA
Fuel / Oil in use (Grade): MGO (DMA) Fuel Consumption: =150 ltr/day

Sail Rig Particulars:

Rig Type: Barque
Total Sail Area: 1024m²
Masts: 3 (Fore, Main, Mizzen)
Fore & Main Square Sails: Course;
Top Sail; Top Gallant and Royal
Aft / Mizzen Sails: Spanker Top;
Upper & Lower Spanker
Foresails / Jibs: Flying; Outer; Inner
Staysails: Top Gallant; Top Mast
Tall ship Classification: Class A

Principal Crew Details:

Operational Manning:
9 permanent crew
3 Volunteers
36 Voyage crew
Maximum No of People: 48
9 single permanent crew cabins
10 trainee cabins each with 2 bunks
With additional berths in port and starboard fo’c’sles.

Principal Ship Owner, Construction & Manager:

Ship Owner & Manager: Jubilee Sailing Trust Ltd
Construction (Build Yards): James W Cook & Co, Wivenhoe, UK
Vosper Thorneycroft (UK) Ltd, Southampton, UK
E Cole & Son Ltd, Cowes, UK


The Sail Training Ship LORD NELSON is being offered for sale so the Jubilee Sailing Trust can concentrate efforts on their principal ship TENACIOUS. This must be a totally unique opportunity to acquire a substantial an impressive tall ship to either continue as a sail training vessel or adapt to charter work, commercial ventures such as sail cargo or conversion to an impressive private yacht. STS LORD NELSON was de-commissioned in July 2019 with care-taking work aboard since so will require systems, machinery and rig overhaul. Her previous certification and Lloyds classification have lapsed although these could be re-instated following surveys. STS LORD NELSON can be moved in Category D waters without certification. In May 2022 the ship successfully completed the short passage from Bristol Docks to Barry Harbour, South Wales.



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