STS Lord Nelson

STS Lord Nelson was a sail training ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. She was designed by Colin Mudie[1] and launched on 17 October 1986.[2]

Lord Nelson.JPG
United Kingdom
Name: Lord Nelson
Owner: Jubilee Sailing Trust
Status: Operational
General characteristics
  • Sails:
  • Engines: 2 x Cummins Diesel.
Sail plan: Barque (three-masted))

The ship was built by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) and, along with the SV Tenacious, the pair were the only tall ships in the world that are wheelchair accessible throughout. The JST are an international UN accredited charity offering sailing adventures to people of all abilities and backgrounds. She was decommissioned in October 2019.[3]



STS Lord Nelson was commissioned by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, and the build was started in the summer of 1984 at the yard of James W Cook, Wivenhoe, Essex. She was designed by Colin Mudie, and is his design no 342. The ship was launched almost a year after the formal keel laying.[2]

After J W Cook went into voluntary liquidation, Lord Nelson was moved to Vosper Thornycroft’s yard in Woolston, Southampton. As a result of an industrial dispute at Vospers, Lord Nelson had to move again, this time to Coles Yard in Cowes where the remainder of the work was carried out. She was finally sailed in completed form from Southampton on 17 October 1986.[2]

She finished her final voyage on 10 October 2019 to Southampton, and was subsequently moved to Bristol docks for decommissioning.[4]

History in serviceEdit

STS Lord Nelson completed 16,000 accessible voyages during her 33 years at sea with the Jubilee Sailing Trust.[citation needed][5]

Further readingEdit

  • "LORD NELSON - Sail On Board". Sail On Board. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  • "Lord Nelson". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  • "Setting sail for accessible adventure on the SV Tenacious". Lonely Planet. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  • Report on the investigation of Lord Nelson contact with Tower Bridge London River Thames 15 May 2004, Retrieved 2018-12-07
  • Harry Turner: World's first round-the-world ship crewed by disabled docks in London, 24 Sep 2014, Retrieved 2018-12-07
  • "The Lord Nelson". Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  • "Force 10 to Antarctica". Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  • "Disability accessible Tallship on World circumnavigation". Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  • Butcher, Amanda (2014-02-15). Tall Ships Handbook. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445618685.


  1. ^ Rowe, Nigel (2014-07-03). Tall Ships Today: Their remarkable story. A&C Black. ISBN 9781472903488.
  2. ^ a b c Jubilee Sailing Trust: STS Lord Nelson, accessed 7 December 2018
  3. ^ Jubilee Sailing Trust to decommission tall ship after financial review 23 July 2019,, accessed 31 October 2019
  4. ^ Tristan Cork: The sad story behind the huge tall ship which has just arrived in Bristol 18 October 2019, accessed 31 October 2019
  5. ^ "Tall ship for disabled people may get Bristol home". 2019-12-29. Retrieved 2019-12-30.