Albany visit for pioneer tall ship
One of the pioneers in the world of tall ships called Albany home albeit, only briefly last week.
The Lord Nelson, a unique tall ship designed and built to enable sailors of all physical disabilities to sail as equals, docked in Albany last Wednesday morning as part of a two-year circumnavigation of the world.
Residents gathered on Marine Terrace for their glimpse of the majestic ship on which more than 11,000 trainees have sailed since it first launched in 1986.
Owned by UK sailing charity the Jubilee Sailing Trust, the tall ship was invited to Australia by the Royal Australian Navy and will represent British tall ships in the RAN International Fleet Review in Sydney, in October.
The visit Down Under is part of the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a 80,000km-plus journey to promote a message of equality.
Albany Port Authority chief executive Brad Williamson said the unique ship made only a 24-hour stopover in the city after a previous stop in Fremantle, before sailing onto Adelaide.
Mr Williamson said the journey was part of the vessel’s first visit to Australian waters.
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