Training ship gives Fremantle full Nelson

The Lord Nelson in Fremantle Harbour. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d404661
The Lord Nelson in Fremantle Harbour. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d404661

WHILE the fleet of three Dutch Tall Ships are scheduled to sail into Fremantle Port on Saturday, the arrival of another last week came in almost unannounced.

British sail training ship Lord Nelson sailed into Fremantle Harbour on Wednesday night after being pounded in the massive storm that hit the city on Tuesday as it sailed down the WA coast.

The boat is 55m long and was the first ship built that allows people of all physical ability on board. Design facilities include flat decks, wheelchair lifts between deck levels and audio compass and hydraulic power-assisted steering.

The ship is on a round-the-world voyage and will remain in Fremantle for five to seven days before being dry-docked in Henderson.

Lord Nelson will join the three Dutch Tall Ships in the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review in Sydney this October.