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“Great afternoon on the Harbour ”
Review of The Lady Nelson

The Lady Nelson
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Owner description: Come aboard, relax and enjoy Tall Ship sailing within one of the world's most picturesque harbours. The Lady Nelson is a full size replica of the original England built Brig that the first settlers to Hobart arrived in. Short harbour sails provide a unique opportunity to experience tall ship sailing. Haul on a line, steer the ship, talk to the captain and crew or just relax and enjoy the magnificent views of Hobart. The Lady Nelson is available for private charter and offers multi-day sailing trips exploring places such as Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsular, Bruny Island and the d'Entrecasteaux Channel. The ship can also be booked as a unique waterside venue for functions, parties and historical talks.
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon cruise on the lady Nelson . The volunteers who run the trip were so lovely and great with the kids letting them steer the ship and taking them below decks for a look. We were fortunate with the weather - there was enough wind to sail and the sun was shining :) it was still chilly so I recommend taking a few layers especially for The kids. The trip was great value at $90 for a family of 4.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

Recently I was fortunate enough to be aboard the Lady Nelson for a five day voyage from Hobart to Coles Bay. Those onboard included nine crew, eight members (three generations) of a family, and me.

Any qualms I might have had of being 'odd man out' proved to be completely unfounded. I would have to say that the overall experience was far beyond any expectation. Simply amazing!
Can only urge anyone considering a trip aboard: GO!!!

Three good reasons:
1. The ship. The Lady Nelson, as a faithful replica of the original ship, so important in Australia's maritime exploration, is part of a very small cadre of such vessels worldwide. To have the chance to sail aboard her & have the opportunity to participate in her running was an unique experience.

2. The crew. Lady Nelson's crew is drawn from a dedicated pool of volunteers - all professionally trained as part of the Lady Nelson's training program. As volunteers, all are motivated by their overriding love for what they are doing & this is immediately evident in their willingness to impart their knowledge. Also by their good humour & patience in doing so.

3. The passengers. Passengers is definitely the wrong word. Not sure what right word would be. Participants? Adventure sharers (I realise that's two words)?

Add to all the above seeing one of the most beautiful coastlines on earth, from the unique perspective of a sailing ship at sea (occasionally from the dizzying height, perched on the end of a yardarm).

Dolphins playing in crystal blue waters. Seals. Soaring albatross. On one day a yellow fin tuna is hauled aboard providing an amazing bbq lunch as well as the freshest sashimi on earth. Anchoring in sheltered coves. Going ashore to swim from deserted beaches - or as I did, diving overboard into turquoise water to lazily circumnavigate the ship - water so clear I could see the anchor chain stretched out on the sea floor.

To more practical matters. Passengers are allocated bunks (compact but comfortable) in two cabins one in the focsle & another midships. These are shared with crew members. Both cabins have a toilet & shower. When at anchor & at various other times a generator is run which allows plenty of time to recharge electronica. The midships cabin also contains the 'mess': a large table backed by a considerable library, where meals were served but often taken up to be enjoyed on the upper deck.

Food is plentiful and varied. Not only breakfast, lunch, dinner, but also morning & afternoon teas. Lou, the 'chef' on our voyage provided an endless array of great food from the confines of her tiny galley - including vegetarian fare for one passenger. Should also make mention of the evening ritual, after anchoring, of gathering together on the upper deck - both passengers & crew, to share nibbles, a beer or a red wine or two (or whatever). A great way to watch the sun go down.

On the trip by minibus back to Hobart I had time to muse on just exactly what launched the voyage from merely excellent to exceptional. The reason I believe has to do with the Lady Nelson's crew. The volunteer nature of the crew gave a deepened dimension to the trip that allowed, encouraged, all of us privileged to be aboard, to have an unique experience.

So thank you crew of the brig Lady Nelson: Lou, Christina, Owen, Bruce, Tony, Roger, Steve, Peter & skipper Mal. You provided a wonderful experience I will never forget. And thank you too to Grandfather Paul & his fantastic family. It was a pleasure to spend time with you all.

Date of experience: January 2017
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MALHob, Manager at The Lady Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Thanks Lord Peter a very good review

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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic sail on this replica of the original. Got to have a look under the deck, rang the bell and held the wheel. A fun 1 1/2hrs on board and to see the volunteer crew in action with the sails was impressive. Well worth the $30, but at this time of year you need to book. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable, a good outing for all ages.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

The yacht is staffed entirely of volunteers, who give a thorough run down about the yacht and the various sails - there are many more than on the newer boats. Beautiful scenery leaving the dock and sailing out into the bay around Hobart. Tours below deck occurred and merchandise can be purchased. They were excellent with young children and families, as well as older visitors. The children got a chance to pull ropes, ring bells, steer the yacht! Great day out on the harbour.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Margo M
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MALHob, Manager at The Lady Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Thanks Margo

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We came in on a cruise ship and we chartered the Lady Nelson. The Lady Nelson staff were wonderful to deal with and I believe are all volunteers. They made sure it was not too expensive for us and we had a wonderful time. My daughter got to climb the mast and my son got to steer the ship and ring the bell at 12pm. We were on the harbour for 2 hours and it was very informative. The crew were lovely, knowledgeable and obviously do it for the love of the ship and sailing in general. It's a lovely ship and even though the wind was erratic, it was still wonderful to be under sail for a while. Thanks to everyone from the Lady Nelson! You and her make a good team.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank LynnieBuck
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MALHob, Manager at The Lady Nelson, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2017

Thanks Lynn, hopefully other cruise ship follow your lead.

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